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EXCERPT | The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.

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St Joseph plantation 19th Century antebellum mansion house along the Mississippi at Vacherie, Louisiana, USA (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
St Joseph plantation 19th Century antebellum mansion house along the Mississippi at Vacherie, Louisiana, USA (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Written by Robert Jones Jr and published by Jonathan Ball, The Prophets is a novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.

With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr. fiercely summons the voices of slaver and the enslaved alike to tell the story of these two men. The result is a novel that masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love. 

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