The Prophets

by Robert Jones Jr.

£18.99


Reserve a copy

×

Reserve a copy

Reserve a copy of The Prophets for collection at the Marlow Bookshop. If you provide your email address below, we will contact you when this item is ready for collection. For delivery by post add the address to the order notes and we will be in touch to arrange payment.

Fiction

Hardback

9781529405705

In this blinding debut, Robert Jones Jr. blends the lyricism of Toni Morrison with the vivid prose of Zora Neale Hurston to characterise the forceful, enduring bond of love, and what happens when brutality threatens the purest form of serenity.

The Halifax plantation is known as Empty by the slaves who work it under the pitiless gaze of its overseers and its owner, Massa Paul. Two young enslaved men, Samuel and Isaiah dwell among the animals they keep in the barn, helping out in the fields when their day is done. But the barn is their haven, a space of radiance and love – away from the blistering sun and the cruelty of the toubabs – where they can be alone together.

But, Amos – a fellow slave – has begun to direct suspicion towards the two men and their refusal to bend. Their flickering glances, unspoken words and wilful intention, revealing a truth that threatens to rock the stability of the plantation. And preaching the words of Massa Paul’s gospel, he betrays them.

The culminating pages of The Prophets summon a choral voice of those who have suffered in silence, with blistering humanity, as the day of reckoning arrives at the Halifax plantation. Love, in all its permutations, is the discovery at the heart of Robert Jones Jr’s breathtaking debut, The Prophets.

The Haunting Season by Various Authors | 9780751581973

The Haunting Season

Various Authors

£12.99

Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen | 9780008308896

Crossroads

Jonathan Franzen

£20.00

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr | 9780008478292

Cloud Cuckoo Land

Anthony Doerr

£20.00

Memorial by Bryan Washington | 9781838950101

Memorial

Bryan Washington

£8.99

Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout | 9780241508176

Oh William!

Elizabeth Strout

£14.99

The Spirit Engineer by A.J. West | 9780715654330

The Spirit Engineer

A.J. West

£14.99