Property: A Novel

By: Martin, Valerie

Price: $15.00

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Book Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. A very nice copy. 2003 Hard Cover. 196 pp. From the acclaimed author of Mary Reilly, a groundbreaking novel that reexamines the questions of power and resistance, violence and sex, which inform all her work. Set in the surreal heat of the antebellum South during a slave rebellion, PROPERTY takes the form of a dramatic monologue, bringing to the page a voice rarely heard in American fiction: the voice of a woman slave holder. Manon Gaudet is pretty and petulant, self-absorbed and bored. She has come to a sugar plantation north of New Orleans as a bride, bringing with her a prized piece of property, the young slave Sarah, only to see Sarah become her husband’s mistress and bear his child. As the whispers of a slave rebellion grow louder and more threatening, Manon speaks to us of her past and her present, her longings and dreams – an uncensored, pitch-perfect voice from the heart of moral darkness. PROPERTY is riveting fiction, fast, richly plotted, shimmering with visual detail. It is also an invitation to re-examine the traditions of the Southern novel and the myth of the chivalrous South, and a haunting meditation on what Valerie Martin has called “the fantastic and constant perversity of the oppressor to feel victimized by the oppressed.”

Title: Property: A Novel

Author: Martin, Valerie

Categories: Signed, Modern First Editions, Contemporary,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: 2003

ISBN Number: 038550408X

ISBN Number 13: 9780385504089

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282113

Keywords: GENERAL FICTION CONTEMPORARY VALERIE MARTIN,