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Let us descend : a novel / Jesmyn Ward.

Ward, Jesmyn, (author.).

Let Us Descend is a reimagining of American slavery, as beautifully rendered as it is heart-wrenching. Searching, harrowing, replete with transcendent love, the novel is a journey from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the slave markets of New Orleans and into the fearsome heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation. Annis, sold south by the white enslaver who fathered her, is the reader's guide through this hellscape. As she struggles through the miles-long march, Annis turns inward, seeking comfort from memories of her mother and stories of her African warrior grandmother. Throughout, she opens herself to a world beyond this world, one teeming with spirits: of earth and water, of myth and history; spirits who nurture and give, and those who manipulate and take. While Ward leads readers through the descent, this, her fourth novel, is ultimately a story of rebirth and reclamation.

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  • ISBN: 9798885792592
  • Physical Description: 363 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
  • Edition: Large Print edition.
  • Publisher: [Waterville, ME] : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, ©2023.
Subject: Slaveholders > United States > Fiction.
Girls, Black > Fiction.
Memory > Fiction.
Spirits > Fiction.
Enslaved persons > Fiction.
Enslaved women > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
African American families > Fiction.
African American children > Fiction.
Racially mixed people > Fiction.
Slavery > United States > Fiction.
Louisiana > Fiction.
Genre: Large print books.

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Bethlehem Area Public Library System.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library f (Text) 33062009799413 New Large Print Fiction Checked Out 12/27/2023

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