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A Mercy

A book by Toni Morrison, published by Knopf; 1st edition (November 11, 2008)

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  • Jun 25, 2010
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review by . June 25, 2010
Have Mercy...
Toni Morrison’s latest publication, A Mercy, is her 9th novel.  Set in 1680s New England, the story follows five inhabitants of a New York farm.  The primary story tells of a young slave woman, Florens, who is “given” to a Dutch merchant Jacob Vaark in partial fulfillment of an Anglo-Dutch trader’s debt.  Florens finds herself on Jacob’s farm, which is also inhabited by his wife Rebekka, and his two indentured servants, Lina, a Native American woman, …
review by . February 10, 2009
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison is an acclaimed author and pastoral voice whose writing is beautifully conveyed. In her new book "A Mercy" We are introduced to a 17th century farmer and rumrunner who is in the process of building an overly-ostentatious house, with a serpent-clad iron gate. Jacob Vaark believes he is creating a utopia...but this utopia has two overlying sins...the extermination of the natives...and the import of Africans. Lina, the farmer's slavemaiden...sees the serpents on the gate as a representation …
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In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader takes on Florens, a young slave girl, who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love--first from an older servant woman at her master's new home, and then from a handsome free blacksmith, in a novel set in late seventeenth-century America.
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ISBN-10: 0307276767 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780307276766 (pbk.)
Author: Toni Morrison
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Vintage
Date Published: August 11, 2009
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