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Let Us Descend

Release date: 18 February 2024
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'A spectacular achievement' ANTHONY DOERR
'Extravagantly beautiful' DAILY MAIL
'One of the greatest writers of all time' JACQUELINE WOODSON
'Extraordinary' GUARDIAN
'The best book I've read in years' LOUISE KENNEDY


The first weapon I ever held was my mother's hand.

On a slave plantation in the Carolinas, Annis has survived in the light of her mother's resilience, comforted by stories of her African warrior grandmother. Everything she knows, she learned from her mother - how to fight, how to be strong, how to grow up in a world shrouded in darkness.

When she is sold south by the white enslaver who fathered her, Annis must venture onward through the rich but unforgiving landscapes of the American South alone: from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the slave markets of New Orleans, and into the fearsome heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation. Searching for relief in memories of her mother, she opens herself to a world beyond her own, teeming with spirits of earth, water, history and myth.

A reimagining of American slavery as beautifully rendered as it is heart-wrenching, 
Let Us Descend offers a magnificent portrait of the strength of the human spirit and its ability to emerge from darkness into light. This is a story of beauty, love, rebirth and reclamation - a masterwork for the ages.

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'A searing, urgent read' 
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'Plays out like a grand epic . Staggering' 
Marlon James

Jesmyn Ward


Product Details

Title: Let Us Descend
Author: Jesmyn Ward
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
SKU: BK0486688
EAN: 9781526666727
Number Of Pages: 320
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Release date: 18 February 2024

About Author

Jesmyn Ward received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently a professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleedsand Salvage the Bones, which won the 2011 National Book Award, and Sing, Unburied, Sing, which won the 2017 National Book Award. She is also the editor of the anthology The Fire This Timeand the author of the memoir Men We Reaped,which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. From 2008-2010, Ward had a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. She was the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for the 2010-2011 academic year. In 2016, the American Academy of Arts and Letters selected Ward for the Strauss Living Award. She lives in Mississippi.

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