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The Book of Night Women

(2009)
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From a young writer who radiates charisma and talent comes a sweeping, stylish historical novel of Jamaican slavery that can be compared only to Toni Morrison's Beloved.

The Book of Night Women is a sweeping, startling novel - a true tour de force of both voice and storytelling - that tells the story of a young slave woman on a sugar plantation in Jamaica at the turn of the nineteenth century, revealing a world and a culture that is both familiar and entirely new. Lilith is born into slavery, and even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been conspiring to stage a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age they see her as the key to and - as she reveals the extent of her power and begins to understand her own desires and feelings - potentially the weak link in their plans.

Lilith's story overflows with high drama and heartbreak, and life on the plantation is rife with dangerous secrets, unspoken jealousies, inhuman violence, and very human emotion - between slave and master, between slave and overseer, and among the slaves themselves. Lilith finds herself at the heart of it all. And all of it told in one of the boldest literary voices to recently grace the page - and the secret of that voice is one of the book's most suspenseful, satisfying mysteries.

The real revelation of the book - the secret to the stirring imagery and insistent prose - is Marlon James himself, a young writer at once wholly in command of his craft and breathtakingly daring, spinning his magical web of humanity, race, and love, fully inhabiting the incredibly rich nineteenth-century Jamaican patois that rings with a distinctly contemporary energy.

Genre: Historical

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August 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Book of Night Women
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 1-85168-708-4 / 978-1-85168-708-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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February 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Book of Night Women
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 1-59448-857-6 / 978-1-59448-857-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Book of Night Women
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 1-78074-652-0 / 978-1-78074-652-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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March 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Book of Night Women
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 1-85168-728-9 / 978-1-85168-728-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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February 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Book of Night Women
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 1-59448-436-8 / 978-1-59448-436-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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January 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Book of Night Women
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 1-85168-721-1 / 978-1-85168-721-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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Audio Editions

March 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Book of Night Women
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 1-66463-414-2 / 978-1-66463-414-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing
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February 2009 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Book of Night Women
Author(s): Marlon James
ISBN: 0-14-314440-5 / 978-0-14-314440-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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February 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Night Women
Author(s): Marlon James
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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February 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Night Women
Author(s): Marlon James
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Kindle Editions

October 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Book of Night Women
Author(s): Marlon James
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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October 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of Night Women
Author(s): Marlon James
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2009 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of Night Women
Author(s): Marlon James
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


January 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of Night Women
Author(s): Marlon James
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA