Item #13963 Let Us Descend SIGNED FIRST EDITION. Jesmyn Ward.
Let Us Descend SIGNED FIRST EDITION
Let Us Descend SIGNED FIRST EDITION
Let Us Descend SIGNED FIRST EDITION

Let Us Descend SIGNED FIRST EDITION

New York: Scribner, 2023.

First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Jesmyn Ward to blank page specially bound-in by the publisher. Stated first edition, with full number line indicating first printing. 8 3/4" X 5 3/4". 305pp. Very light shelfwear to unclipped dust jacket. Bound in black paper over boards, with spine backed in black cloth and lettered in gilt. Gentle shelfwear to binding, firm, tight, and sound. Pages are clean, bright, and unread. A highly presentable signed first printing of this haunting masterpiece, sure to be an instant classic, about an enslaved girl in the years before the Civil War, from Jesmyn Ward—the two-time National Book Award winner, youngest winner of the Library of Congress Prize for Fiction, and MacArthur Fellow.


ABOUT LET US DESCEND:
“‘Let us descend,’ the poet now began, ‘and enter this blind world.’” —Inferno, Dante Alighieri

Let Us Descend is a reimagining of American slavery, as beautifully rendered as it is heart-wrenching. Searching, harrowing, replete with transcendent love, the novel is a journey from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the slave markets of New Orleans and into the fearsome heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation.

Annis, sold south by the white enslaver who fathered her, is the reader’s guide through this hellscape. As she struggles through the miles-long march, Annis turns inward, seeking comfort from memories of her mother and stories of her African warrior grandmother. Throughout, she opens herself to a world beyond this world, one teeming with spirits: of earth and water, of myth and history; spirits who nurture and give, and those who manipulate and take. While Ward leads readers through the descent, this, her fourth novel, is ultimately a story of rebirth and reclamation.

From one of the most singularly brilliant and beloved writers of her generation, this miracle of a novel inscribes Black American grief and joy into the very land—the rich but unforgiving forests, swamps, and rivers of the American South. Let Us Descend is Jesmyn Ward’s most magnificent novel yet, a masterwork for the ages. As new / as new. Item #13963
ISBN: 9781982104498

Price: $40.00