The Book of Night Women

The Book of Night Women

By Marlon James

Riverhead Books, Hardcover, 9781594488573, 417pp.

Publication Date: February 19, 2009

From the author shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize
"An undeniable success. "The New York Times Book Review"
"The Book of Night Women" is a sweeping, startling novel, a true tour de force of both voice and storytelling. It is the story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. 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 plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans. But when she begins to understand her own feelings and desires and identity, Lilith starts to push at the edges of what is imaginable for the life of a slave woman in Jamaica, and risks becoming the conspiracy's weak link.
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 grace the page recently and the secret of that voice is one of the book's most intriguing mysteries.

About the Author
Marlon Jameswas born in Jamaica in 1970. His most recent novel is A Brief History of Seven Killings. He is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow s Devil, was a finalist for theLos Angeles TimesBook Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was aNew York TimesEditors Choice. James lives in Minneapolis.