What if overcoming the legacy
of American slavery meant bringing back that very institution? A young black
attorney is thrown headlong into controversial issues of race and power in this
page-turning and provocative new novel.
Martin Grey, a smart,
talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly
with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in
America. He’s dazzled by what they’ve accomplished, and they seem to think he
has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a
weekend away from it all—no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far
from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret
that challenges some of his deepest convictions …
Martin finds out that his
glittering new friends are part of a secret society dedicated to the
preservation of the institution of slavery—but this time around, the black men
are called “Master.” Joining them seems to guarantee a future without limits;
rebuking them almost certainly guarantees his death. Trapped inside a
picture-perfect, make-believe world that is home to a frightening reality,
Martin must find a way out that will allow him to stay alive without becoming
the very thing he hates.
A novel of rage and
compassion, good and evil, trust and betrayal, Forty Acres is
the thought-provoking story of one man’s desperate attempt to escape the
clutches of a terrifying new moral order.
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“Forty Acres is an absolutely enthralling thriller, one that also has
the capacity to challenge the readers’ perceptions of right and wrong.
With supreme confidence and a mastery of storytelling, the author asks
hard questions, provides no easy answers…But delivers maximum suspense.
It’s an unforgettable work by an amazing new voice. Easily my favorite
of the year.”
John Ridley, Academy Award–winning screenwriter of Twelve Years a Slave