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What are you reading now?

Johnny "One hundred and fifty pages into The Book of Night Women, a 432-page literary epic by Jamaican author Marlon James, I wondered how the author could possibly maintain the pace and intrigue of the marvelous yet terrifying beginning. The narrative voice is an infectious and thoroughly believable early-18th-century Jamaican slave dialect of the author's own creation. The story builds dramatically, tracing the path of a Lilith, an adolescent slave trapped in a world of horror and confusion, and unfolds into perhaps the most racially provocative set of circumstances I've ever read in fiction.''

JOHNNY TEMPLE, publisher, Akashic Books

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