Mercy

Morrison, Toni

£8.99

Set in America in the 1680s, ‘A Mercy’ reveals what lies under the surface of slavery. At its heart, this is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother and a daughter – a mother who cuts off her daughter, to save her, and a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment.

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‘A beautiful and important book’ The Times

On the day that Jacob, an Anglo-Dutch trader, agrees to accept a slave in lieu of payment for a debt from a plantation owner, little Florens’s life changes irrevocably.

With her keen intelligence and passion for wearing the cast-off shoes of her mistress, Florens has never blurred into the background and now at the age of eight she is uprooted from her family to begin a new life with a new master. She ends up part of Jacob’s household, along with his wife Rebekka, Lina their Native American servant, and the enigmatic 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 brutally unforgiving landscape of North America in the seventeenth century.

‘Toni Morrison is the greatest chronicler of the American experience that we have ever known’ Tayari Jones, New York Times

BY THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF BELOVED


Winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow award for achievement in American fiction

Additional information

Weight 127 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 12 mm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

165

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

813.6 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K