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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2021-09-14
  • Publisher: Beacon Press

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Gayl Jones' long-awaited novel about the last of the seven fugitive slave settlements in colonial Brazil in the 17th century.

This extraordinarily powerful narrative is Gayl Jones' long-awaited fifth novel. Intricate and compelling, Palmares is set in the 17th century on the last of the seven fugitive slave settlements in colonial Brazil. Combining her mastery of language with her unique brand of mythology and magical realism, Jones reimagines the historical novel.

Gayl Jones has been described as one of the great literary writers of the 20th century; "the best American novelist whose name you may not know." Originally discovered & championed by Toni Morrison, Jones published several novels in the 1980s and 1990s before personal tragedy caused her to close herself off from the world. Now, for the first time in 21 years, Jones is ready to publish again.

Author Biography

Gayl Jones was born in Kentucky in 1949. She attended Connecticut College and Brown University; she has taught at Wellesley and the University of Michigan. Her books include Corregidora, Eva's Man, The Healing (1998 National Book Award Finalist and New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Mosquito, and Liberating Voices: Oral Tradition in African American Literature.

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