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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,557 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marlon James Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Book of Night Women is a sweeping, startling novel, a true tour de force of both voice and storytelling. It is the story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they—and she—will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans. 

But when she begins to understand her own feelings and desires and identity, Lilith starts to push at the edges of what is imaginable for the life of a slave woman in Jamaica, and risks becoming the conspiracy’s weak link. Lilith’s story overflows with high drama and heartbreak, and life on the plantation is rife with dangerous secrets, unspoken jealousies, inhuman violence, and very human emotion—between slave and master, between slave and overseer, and among the slaves themselves. Lilith finds herself at the heart of it all. And all of it told in one of the boldest literary voices to grace the page recently—and the secret of that voice is one of the book’s most intriguing mysteries.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “By exploring the ferociously cruel and dehumanizing practices of slavery in Jamaica, James adds a new chapter to the history of human bondage in the Americas…Powerful and eloquent…A stunning testament to the dynamics of ultimate power and powerlessness, Night Women will keep readers up at night.”

    Bookmarks Magazine

  • “Darkly powerful.”

    Washington Post

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Allison | 2/18/2014

    " This was a hard read. The story was interesting, but so many horrible things happened, that it was hard to keep going at some points. The dialect also took some adjustment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anna | 2/18/2014

    " Brutal and searing and really hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bravegirl01 | 2/17/2014

    " well...all I can say is, if American slavery were like that practiced in the Caribbean, it's a wonder we didn't have more Nat Turners. This book is disturbing and brilliant. You'll be thinking about it weeks and months after you finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amy | 2/5/2014

    " For the first 2/3, I would have given this book a much higher rating, but the last third just fell apart for me. The ending felt very rushed, and for a book about the night women, not enough time was spent exploring the mutiny they were planning. "

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