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A mercy

Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. ©2008
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In the 1680s the slave trade in the Americas is still in its infancy. Jacob Vaark is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a small holding in the harsh North. Despite his distaste for dealing in "flesh," he takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner in Catholic Maryland. This is Florens, who can read and write and might be useful on his farm. Rejected by her mother, Florens  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fictional Work
Novels
History
Historical fiction
Fiction
Romans
Historical
Romans, nouvelles, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Morrison, Toni.
Mercy.
New York : Knopf, 2008
(OCoLC)737727395
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Toni Morrison
ISBN: 9780307264237 0307264238 9780676978308 0676978304 9780307276766 0307276767
OCLC Number: 212855125
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Awards: Nobel Prize in Literature, 1993.
Description: 167 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Toni Morrison.
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"In the 1680s the slave trade in the Americas is still in its infancy. Jacob Vaark is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a small holding in the harsh North. Despite his distaste for dealing in "flesh," he takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner in Catholic Maryland. This is Florens, who can read and write and might be useful on his farm. Rejected by her mother, Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master's house, and later from the handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved, who comes riding into their lives. A Mercy reveals what lies beneath the surface of slavery. But at its heart, like Beloved, it is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother and a daughter--a mother who casts off her daughter in order to save her, and a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment." --Publisher's description

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