Robert Jones Jr.: The Prophets

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Engrossing vivid writing with a propulsive plot that really picks up steam Jones Jr is a masterful writer This story will move ou it will shake Love for Imperfect Things you awake ifou are not already there This is one that I finished in a snap but have been thinking about all day You ll see what I meandigital arc via edelweiss I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of this book and let me just say it blew me away It is one of those books that A Heart of Stone you ll be thinking about for days or weeks afterou finish reading it It s powerful and important and I truly believe that it is a classic in the making I highly highly recommend this book to everyone it s beautifully written and so very important Difficult subjects beautifully told I have little doubt this will be one of the most praised books of 2021 Some truths don t change Listen So Ruth cried and Maggie learned right then and there that a toubab woman s tears were the most potent of potions they could wear down stone and make people of all colors clumsy giddy senseless soft What then was the point of asking So why didn t ou tell the truth Highly recommend Samuel and Isiah are two slaves who find refuge and love with each other Their love is disrupted due to an older slave gaining prestige with their master and sees their relationship as sinful This was a beautiful and powerful story about love power magic and betrayal Fo. A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved oung men on a Deep South plantation the refuge they find in each other and a betrayal that threatens their existenceIsaiah was Samuel’s and Samuel was Isaiah’s That was the way it was since the beginning and the way it was to be until the end In the barn they tended to the animals but also to each other transforming the hollowed out shed into a place of human refuge a source of int.

R fans of the writings of Toni Morrison and Colson Whitehead The Underground Railroad this is a must read for 2021 I anticipate this to be one of the most acclaimed books of 2021 Thank ou to Putnam for the ARC The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr is an excellent novel that is part general fiction part historical fiction part literary masterpiece This novel is set mainly within and around a plantation in the Deep South We see the inner relations workings and community within this environment This is also the story of two enslaved men Samuel and Isaiah What we are privy to is just stunning What I loved about this book 1 The literary descriptions of the landscape locations and culture was just beautiful I literally felt as if I was there 2 This book was obviously a difficult read in regards to the subject matter The author made the journey possible by the choices of dialogue pace plot and character cast The religious tones weaved into the narrative added another layer of complexity to the book however did not deter from the main storyline I flew through the pages eager to find out what was next and completed this book in a fraction of the time I projected it would take 3 The two main characters Samuel and Isaiah were excellent Their relationship their passion fire faults emotions depth and actions all brought this book to life The fundamental themes of hardship pain Imacy and hope in a world ruled by vicious masters But when an older man a fellow slave seeks to gain favor by preaching the master’s gospel on the plantation the enslaved begin to turn on their own Isaiah and Samuel’s love which was once so simple is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation’s harmonyWith 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.

Uffering suffocation and anger towards ourselves and others as well as the atrocities of what the characters experienced during this time is very serious and heavy indeed The impressive part was the author s ability to plant seeds of love hope loyalty perseverance resilience and acceptance within the book allowed for small glimpses and seedlings to sprout through despite the obstacles presented After I finished this book I felt like a had just witnessed something deeply personal et something so creative and special that it must be something that others should experience as well Very impressive especially for a debut novel I look forward to future works from this talented author55 starsThank ou EW and GP Putnam s Sons for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinionI am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my and BN accounts upon publication This debut novel is part historical fiction part literary fiction immersed within a majestic slave plantation Isaac and Samuel are lovers sneaking tender and playful moments desperately avoiding the backlash of their violent master This is a tale of men women and children struggling to survive risking everything for family love and freedom For those who enjoyed The Color Purple by Alice Walker and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Men; from Amos the preacher to the calculating slave master himself to the long line of women that surround them women who have carried the soul of the plantation on their shoulders As tensions build and the weight of centuries of ancestors and future generations to come culminate in a climactic reckoning The Prophets masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance but is also shot through with hope beauty and truth portraying the enormous heroic power of lo.

Robert Jones Jr was born and raised in New York City He received his BFA in creative writing and MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College He has written for numerous publications including THE NEW YORK TIMES ESSENCE and THE PARIS REVIEW He is the creator of the social justice social media community Son of Baldwin Jones was recently featured in T MAGAZINE's cover story “Black Male Writ