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by Gayl Jones

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It was Kiese Laymon, acclaimed author of Heavy and Long Division, who introduced us to Gayl Jones' indelible debut, Corregidora. Like her editor Toni Morrison and contemporary Toni Cade Bambara, Jones tells a powerful story of emancipation through gorgeous prose, leaving a permanent mark on the reader. Palmares is her first novel in more than two decades and, in it, she returns with an incredible story of slavery and freedom cut through with magical realism and a universal mythology. Not to be missed by fans of The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates or The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

First discovered and edited by Toni Morrison, Gayl Jones has been described as one of the great literary writers of the twentieth century. Now, for the first time in over twenty years, she’s publishing again. Intricate and compelling, Palmares recounts the journey of Almeyda, a Black slave girl who comes of age on Portuguese plantations and escapes to a fugitive slave settlement called Palmares. Following its destruction, she embarks on a journey across colonial Brazil to find her husband, who was lost in battle. Almeyda’s story brings to life a world impacted by greed, conquest, and colonial desire. On her journey, she encounters a mad lexicographer who’s desperate to avoid military service, a village that praises a god living in a nearby cave, and a medicine woman who offers great magic, at an even greater price. Combining the author’s mastery of language and voice with her unique brand of mythology and magical realism, Palmares is a reimagined historical novel: a sweeping saga spanning a quarter century that’s full of vibrant settings and unforgettable characters, all of which have been steeped in the rich oral tradition of the world.

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ISBN-13: 9781666510485
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 09/14/2021
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

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, White Rat, Song for Anninho, and Liberating Voices: Oral Tradition in African American Literature.

Table of Contents



A Leap Through Time and Spirit

The Narratives of Barcala Aprigio

The Book of Jaguara and the Apprentice


Almeyda Continues Her Journey, or the New Palmares

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