Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Waiting on" Wednesday: The Long Song

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Long Song by Andrea Levy
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, April 27 (US)

From the publisher:

Told in the irresistibly willful and intimate voice of Miss July, with some editorial assistance from her son, Thomas, The Long Song is at once defiant, funny, and shocking. The child of a field slave on the Amity sugar plantation, July lives with her mother until Mrs. Caroline Mortimer, a recently transplanted English widow, decides to move her into the great house and rename her “Marguerite.”

Resourceful and mischievous, July soon becomes indispensable to her mistress. Together they live through the bloody Baptist war, followed by the violent and chaotic end of slavery. Taught to read and write so that she can help her mistress run the business, July remains bound to the plantation despite her “freedom.” It is the arrival of a young English overseer, Robert Goodwin, that will dramatically change life in the great house for both July and her mistress. Prompted and provoked by her son’s persistent questioning, July’s resilience and heartbreak are gradually revealed in this extraordinarily powerful story of slavery, revolution, freedom, and love.

I loved, loved Andrea Levy's Small Island, and I see The Long Song is on the Orange Prize, arguably my favorite literary prize, long list, so it's naturally one I can't wait to read. How about you? What are you "waiting on" this Wednesday?


  1. Okay, this was one of the Orange nominees that had completely escaped my notice - now, thanks to you, I want it badly :P And on a shallow note, I LOVE that cover.

  2. I haven't heard of this one, but I'm intrigued. It's going on the list!

  3. This sounds so good! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!


    have fun!