The Known World: A Novel
Title: The Known World: A Novel
Author: Edward P. 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.
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.