The Known World by Edward P. Jones audiobook

The Known World

By Edward P. Jones
Read by Kevin R. Free

HarperAudio
14.30 Hours Unabridged
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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. Performed by Kevin Free

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

A National Book Award Finalist

Winner of the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Winner of the2005 International Dublin Literary Award

Winner of the 2004 Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize for Fiction

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A 2003 New York Times Best Book for Fiction

An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction

A USA Today bestseller

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.

Performed by Kevin Free

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Extraordinary…The best new work of American fiction to cross my desk in years.” Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World
“Exceptional…An achievement of epic scope and architectural construction.” New York Times Book Review
“Magnificent…Deeply felt and exquisitely executed, it seems destined for a permanent spot on the…shelf of great American novels about slavery, next to Toni Morrison’s Beloved and William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!.” Boston Globe
“One of those rare works of fiction that both wound and heal.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Jones has written a book of tremendous moral intricacy.” The New Yorker

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Author

Author Bio: Edward P. Jones

Author Bio: Edward P. Jones

Edward P. Jones, a New York Times bestselling author, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Lannan Literary Award for The Known World; he also received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004. His first collection of stories, Lost in the City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was short-listed for the National Book Award. His second collection, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, was a finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award. He has been an instructor of fiction writing at a range of universities, including Princeton. He lives in Washington, DC.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 14.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English