Property

By Valerie Martin
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375713309, 208pp.)

Publication Date: April 13, 2004

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Valerie Martin’s Property delivers an eerily mesmerizing inquiry into slavery’s venomous effects on the owner and the owned. The year is 1828, the setting a Louisiana sugar plantation where Manon Gaudet, pretty, bitterly intelligent, and monstrously self-absorbed, seethes under the dominion of her boorish husband. In particular his relationship with her slave Sarah, who is both his victim and his mistress.
Exploring the permutations of Manon’s own obsession with Sarah against the backdrop of an impending slave rebellion, Property unfolds with the speed and menace of heat lightning, casting a startling light from the past upon the assumptions we still make about the powerful and powerful.




About the Author
Lisa Martin has worked as an educator and children's poet and currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia. This is her first book for young readers.
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