On the day that Jacob, an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, agrees to accept a slave in lieu of payment of a debt from a plantation owner, little Florens' life changes.
With her intelligence and passion for wearing the cast-off shoes of her mistress Florens has never blended into the background and now at the age of eight she is taken from her family to begin a new life. She ends up part of Jacob's household, along with his wife Rebekka, Lina their Native American servant and the strange and melancholy Sorrow who was rescued from a shipwreck.
Together these women face the trials of their harsh environment as Jacob attempts to carve out a place for himself in the brutal landscape of the north of America in the seventeenth century.
"Toni Morrison makes me believe in God. She makes me believe in a divine being, because luck and genetics don't seem to come close to explaining her" Guardian "Ms. Morrison's versatility and technical and emotional range appear to know no bounds" -- Margaret Atwood New York Times "So enthralling that you'll want to read it more than once" Sunday Times "Left me trembling at the sheer brilliance of its storytelling and the unassailable dignity of its purpose" Evening Standard "An enduring, evocative read which carefully weaves fragmented, personal experiences into a layered, ambivalent narrative about slavery and the price of freedom" Irish Times
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 4th June 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2 x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.13
Edition Number: 1