FictionThe Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.

The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.

A monumental book befitting yesterday’s monumental day across the pond. The Prophets is the story of Samuel and Isaiah, slaves and soulmates on the Halifax Plantation in Mississippi. Their relationship is one of the most beautiful depictions of true love that we have ever read and lies at the epicentre of this novel of skilfully woven narratives. So many perspectives, so many stories from a cast of characters so rich and vivid, there is also so much horror, violence and degradation. And yet, throughout, there is still love at the very heart of this superb debut. Let us hope that yesterday will usher in a new dawn and that love will, indeed, thrive at its core. Check out our IGTV bibliochat here for our distilled discussion about this book.

In the words of poet Amanda Gorman, who spoke so incredibly at yesterday’s inauguration:

‘There is always light only if we are brave enough to see it. There is always light only if we are brave enough to be it.’ 

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