I came across this LitHub article about Edward P. Jones’ The Known World, one of my favourite reads of the last several years, and had to share.
“it’s not only a moving, rich novel that exposes a little known pocket of American history, but also a brilliant postmodern masterpiece whose most fascinating aspect is its deft, unusual manipulation of time,” Emily Temple wrote in the 2020 article, later adding, “As Jones incorporates what feels like the entire county into his narrative, he often jumps forward in time, sometimes clearing decades in a paragraph, to inform us of the fates of the characters we’re encountering. He does this with main characters and minor ones alike, and the effect, as other reviewers have noted, is jarring, in the sense of being shaken awake.”
I reviewed this book in Blogger in Books IV (i.e. books I read between 2016 and 2017) and described it as “compelling”. Read why, here. I last recc’d it in my #BlackHistoryMonth #abookaday project. And here I am talking about it again. It’s almost like it’s quietly become one of my favourites.