This month’s readers’ review takes a look at slavery, property, freedom, and family through an unusual lens. Winner of the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Fiction Prize and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, "The Known World" by Edward Jones examines the complexities of an antebellum Virginia where free blacks own black slaves.


  • E. Ethelbert Miller poet; director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, Board Chair of the Institute for Policy Study. And author of the forthcoming book "On Saturdays I Santana With You."
  • Roger Wilkins professor of history and American culture at George Mason University
  • Lisa Page freelance writer who teaches creative writing at George Washington University.

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