Journey into the dark past of America

Toni Morrison’s first novel in five years. A Mercy, is a beautifully timed book that takes place in America’s earliest days as a land carved up by slave-owners.

Her point here, as ever, is that at the heart of this new land of liberty lies enslavement and brutal racism – a legacy perhaps broken only by Tuesday’s election. It’s the 1680s and Jacob Vaark arrives in America from Holland, stumbling his way through primitive settlements and wild lands to a smallholding in Virginia. Slavery is in its infancy and Vaark finds it distasteful.

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