Palmares

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Product Details

Price
$27.95  $25.99
Publisher
Beacon Press
Publish Date
Pages
512
Dimensions
6.2 X 9.1 X 1.8 inches | 1.98 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780807033494

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About the Author

Gayl Jones was born in Kentucky in 1949. She attended Connecticut College and Brown University, and has taught at Wellesley and the University of Michigan. Her books include Corregidora, Eva's Man, Mosquito, and The Healing, the last a National Book Award finalist and New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Reviews

"A remarkable new outing from a major voice in American letters."
--Esquire

"A legendary African American novelist returns with her first novel in 22 years, an epic adventure of enchantment, enslavement, and the pursuit of knowledge in 17th-century Brazil . . . . Those familiar with Corregidora (1975) and Eva's Man (1976) will not be surprised by the sustained intensity of both imagery and tone. There is also sheer wonder, insightful compassion, and droll wit to be found among the book's riches. Jones seems to have come through a life as tumultuous as her heroine's with her storytelling gifts not only intact, but enhanced and enriching."
--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Jones makes a strong return with a mesmerizing epic of late seventeenth-century Brazil. . . . Jones' storytelling exerts a powerful pull, and readers will achieve complete immersion in a setting in which African and Indigenous cultures are memorably delineated. Through richly woven prose, Almeyda's journey compels reflection on how freedom must always be defended and how women bear extra societal burdens. Mystical sequences give the plot additional depth and texture. . . . [A] superb reclamation of the historical novel."
--Booklist

"An epic and inventive saga . . . a triumphant return."
--Publishers Weekly

"A literary giant, and one of my absolute favorite writers."
--Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage

"No novel about any black woman could ever be the same after this."
--Toni Morrison, on reading the manuscript for Corregidora

"Gayl Jones's work represents a watershed in American literature. From a literary standpoint, her form is impeccable; from a historical standpoint, she stands at the very cutting edge of understanding the modern world, and as a Black woman writer, her truth-telling, filled with beauty, tragedy, humor, and incisiveness, is unmatched. Jones is a writer's writer, and her influence is found everywhere."
--Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine and Breathe

"Jones had a marked effect . . . on an entire generation of writers, whether they realized it or not."
--Calvin Baker, The Atlantic

"Jones's great achievement is to reckon with both history and interiority, and to collapse the boundary between them."
--Anna Wiener, The New Yorker

"Gayl Jones has presented problems that are living, historical and important additions to the current American--not just black--scene. Her novels are genuinely imaginative creations."
--Darryl Pinckney, The New Republic