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Let us descend : a novel / Jesmyn Ward.

Ward, Jesmyn, (author.).


"Let Us Descend is a reimagining of American slavery, as beautifully rendered as it is heart-wrenching. Searching, harrowing, replete with transcendent love, the novel is a journey from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the slave markets of New Orleans and into the fearsome heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation. Annis, sold south by the white enslaver who fathered her, is the reader's guide through this hellscape. As she struggles through the miles-long march, Annis turns inward, seeking comfort from memories of her mother and stories of her African warrior grandmother. Throughout, she opens herself to a world beyond this world, one teeming with spirits: of earth and water, of myth and history; spirits who nurture and give, and those who manipulate and take. While Ward leads readers through the descent, this, her fourth novel, is ultimately a story of rebirth and reclamation." -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982104498
  • ISBN: 198210449X
  • Physical Description: 305 pages ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2023.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Oprah's book club 2023"
Subject: Enslaved women > Fiction.
Teenage girls > Fiction.
Fathers > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Grandmothers > Fiction.
Racially mixed people > Fiction.
Slavery > United States > Fiction.
Hunger > Fiction.
Wounds and injuries > Fiction.
Plantations > Fiction.
Spirits > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Paranormal fiction.

Available copies

  • 24 of 51 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Lebanon-Laclede County.


  • 8 current holds with 51 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Lebanon-Laclede County Library F Ward (Text) 3803858607 Adult New Title Checked out 12/18/2023

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