KDL Recommends > Genre Fiction - Historical Fiction > America in the 1800s

KDL Recommends

< The House Girl: A Novel | The Long Song: A Novel >

The Known World: A Novel

The Known World: A Novel

ISBN: 0060557559

Title: The Known World: A Novel

Author: Edward P. Jones

KDL Description:

JONES

Caldonia Townsend is an educated black slave owner, the widow of a well-loved farmer whose parents had bought their own freedom, and then freed their son, only to watch him buy himself a slave as soon as he had saved enough money.

Amazon Description:

In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Edward P. Jones, two-time National Book Award finalist, tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. But when death takes him unexpectedly, his widow, Caldonia, can’t uphold the estate’s order and chaos ensues. In a daring and ambitious novel, Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all of its moral complexities.