Publisher: Doubleday, New York, New York, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2003
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Signed by author with no inscription on title page. First Edition stated with complete number line. Unclipped DJ in Near Fine. A few small creases barely noticeable on DJ. Beautiful collectible copy. See scans. Bookseller Inventory # 000429
Synopsis: From the acclaimed author of Mary Reilly, a groundbreaking novel that reexamines the questions of power and resistance, violence and sex, which inform all her work.
Set in the surreal heat of the antebellum South during a slave rebellion, PROPERTY takes the form of a dramatic monologue, bringing to the page a voice rarely heard in American fiction: the voice of a woman slave holder. Manon Gaudet is pretty and petulant, self-absorbed and bored. She has come to a sugar plantation north of New Orleans as a bride, bringing with her a prized piece of property, the young slave Sarah, only to see Sarah become her husband?s mistress and bear his child. As the whispers of a slave rebellion grow louder and more threatening, Manon speaks to us of her past and her present, her longings and dreams ? an uncensored, pitch-perfect voice from the heart of moral darkness.
PROPERTY is riveting fiction, fast, richly plotted, shimmering with visual detail. It is also an invitation to re-examine the traditions of the Southern novel and the myth of the chivalrous South, and a haunting meditation on what Valerie Martin has called ?the fantastic and constant perversity of the oppressor to feel victimized by the oppressed.?
?I made the ?mistake? of glancing at the opening page and was instantly hijacked into the text. This fresh, unsentimental look at what slaveowning does to (and for) one?s interior life must be a first. And the writing ? so prised and clean-limbed?is a marvel"
"A wonderful novel, vivid, revealing."
"In this stunningly powerful novel, Valerie Martin's gifts--a fearless originality and seemingly limitless perspective combined with a cool and elegant intelligenc--are all on splendid display."
"[Property] is vivid and gripping. I read it in one gulp."
?[Property] is a brilliant, chillingly revelatory piece of fiction, a work of craft, economy and such good merciless observation--one of those rare, crucial novels illuminating a history we think we know and understand so that after we've read it we'll never forget its truth.?
-Ali Smith, author of Hotel World
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