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by Valerie Martin

The year is 1828 and 'Property's' narrator, Manon, is unhappily married to the owner of a Louisiana sugar plantation. We never learn his name as she always refers to him as 'my husband' or 'he'. Manon bitterly regrets their marriage and he has found solace in her personal slave, Sarah, with whom he has fathered two children. Sarah too obviously hates both him and also her mistress. All this private misery is happening at a time of slave unrest with rumours circulating about bloody uprisings.
'Property' was the winner of the 2003 Orange Prize and justifiably so. It explores the issues of slavery and also women's rights. It is one of those books which completely transports you to a different time and place and it stayed with me days after I had finished it. Highly recommended.

Suggested by Sarah, Braintree Library

Tagged with: thought-provoking



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