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Jesmyn Ward, a two-time winner of the National Book Award, the youngest winner of the Library of Congress Prize for Fiction, and a MacArthur Fellow, has written a chilling masterpiece that is destined to become an immediate classic. The story follows an enslaved girl in the years leading up to the Civil War.
Let Us Descend is a recreation of American slavery that is as aesthetically pleasing to look at as it is emotionally painful to experience. The novel is a trip that takes the reader from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the slave markets of New Orleans and then into the terrifying heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation. It is searching, it is frightening, and it is full of love that transcends all boundaries.
This hellscape is navigated by the reader with the help of Annis, who was sold to the south by the white enslaver who fathered her. As Annis struggles to make it through the long march, she goes inside, looking for solace in the memories of her mother and the tales that her African grandmother told her about her life as a warrior. Throughout, she exposes herself to a world that exists beyond this one, a world that is filled with spirits: spirits of earth and water, of myth and history; spirits who nurture and give, as well as spirits that control and take. Even though Ward takes readers on a journey through the fall, this, her fourth novel, is ultimately about rebirth and reclaiming what was lost.
This marvel of a novel, written by one of the most individually brilliant and adored writers of her generation, inscribes Black American anguish and joy into the very earth itself—the rich but merciless forests, marshes, and rivers of the American South. The author is known as one of the most beloved writers of her generation. Let Us Descend is Jesmyn Ward’s most exquisite novel to date, a timeless masterpiece that will be read for generations to come.