Titulo: The Long Song
Autor: Andrea Levy
Ano da edição original: 2010
Editora: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Língua original: Inglês
Sinopse: 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 in Jamaica, 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.
A autora e a obra: Este é o segundo livro de Andrea Levy que coloco nesta rubrica. Uma autora inglesa de 58 anos, filha de pais jamaicanos que tenho muita curiosidade em ler. Nenhum dos seus 5 romances está editado em Portugal. Com este The Long Song, a autora venceu o Walter Scott Prize, sendo ainda nomeada para o Man Booker Prize, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award e Orange Prize for Fiction.