Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Let Us Descend
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
71 posts | 49 read | 41 to read
From Jesmyn Ward--the two-time National Book Award winner, youngest winner of the Library of Congress Prize for Fiction, and MacArthur Fellow--comes a haunting masterpiece, sure to be an instant classic, about an enslaved girl in the years before the Civil War. "Let us descend, and enter his blind world." --Dante's Inferno 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.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
Kristy_K
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Soft pick.

#botm

blurb
Amandakay
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

April #bookspin

blurb
rmaclean4
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

March Reads.
4 🌟
Let Us Descend: Jesmyn Ward 📖
Enter Ghost: Isabella Hammad 🎧
3 🌟
Man‘s Search For Meaning: Viktor E Frankl 📖
2.5 🌟
In The Upper Country: Kai Thomas 🎧
2 🌟
Hangman: Maya Binyam 🎧
#Womensprizeforfiction
#Carolshieldsprize

review
MsLeah8417
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

blurb
squirrelbrain
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

Quite a different story on today‘s bracket for #LitsyToB24 - a runaway win for Let Us Descend!

Only 5 people voted for Same Bed, including your esteemed hosts, Meg and Barbara, plus Erin, Tracy and Ruth - everyone else went with Let Us Descend.

What did you think of this bracket and the voting? Both of these books had an element of history in them, but told in very different ways. What did you like about/ dislike about each of the styles?

See All 26 Comments
BkClubCare Sorry - I only read Let Us Descend so that would have gotten my vote. Tell me why I still need to try Same Bed?! 😊 1mo
AmyG I bailed on Same Bed and still want to read the other one but on a library waitlist. I can only sayI bailed on Same Bed because I had no clue what the point of this book was. (edited) 1mo
Ruthiella Unfortunately I‘ve not read either. I‘m not a fan of Ward‘s writing style and I just ran out of time for Other Beds. I love, however, how thoughtful our leaders were in pairing the books. 👏👏👏 1mo
sarahbarnes Agree that I love the insightful pairings in this tournament! 1mo
Bookwormjillk I love the pairings too! I only read Let Us Descend. Glad to see it moving on. 1mo
Well-ReadNeck Uncommon opinion, but I felt like Let Us Descend was a book I‘ve read before. But, Same Bed was very original and thought provoking. Same Bed did take a bit to get into, so I do see how readers might bail before things start to connect. 1mo
Larkken I liked Same Bed - the spec fic + history element meant I went on constant rabbit holes about Korean history to see who and what was real, so I learned a ton! It was a bit overly complex for the sake of being complex, though, I thought, so I went with Descend. I think this was a fair pairing though, good call! 1mo
fredthemoose I missed voting in the first round, but both of the first two match-us would have been tough for me. I agree with @Well-ReadNeck that LUD felt like a book I‘ve read. It was gorgeously written, but familiar, and the end felt not like the end. How could the MC have successfully survived in that place for more than a few days or weeks? 1mo
fredthemoose I liked Same Bed, or at least didn‘t dislike it, but I felt like I only really followed/understood 20% of it. Some of that was probably my lack of knowledge of Korean history so I didn‘t have a scaffold to put the story on or a way to recognize the differences. But I agree with @Larkken that it was probably also complex for the sake of being complex and the author didn‘t do much to help make it accessible (at least not to this American). 1mo
fredthemoose With the alternative histories (and more voting, I suppose) I wonder what a Same Bed/Biography of X matchup would have looked like. 1mo
BarbaraBB I agree with @Well-ReadNeck and @fredthemoose on Let Us Descend. Despite the wonderful writing style it felt like I read it before too. I had high hopes for Same Bed, but it was quite a challenge to finish it. I did and although I am not sure what to think I‘d liked it to continue a bit longer in our tournament! 1mo
Karisimo I honestly didn‘t like either one for different reasons- Same Bed was too hard to follow; Let Us Descend was more lyrical than I prefer, but at least I could finish it unlike the other! 1mo
squirrelbrain As you might see from the comments @BkClubCare - I‘m not sure anyone would wholeheartedly recommend that you *must* try Same Bed. 🤣 1mo
squirrelbrain @Larkken @fredthemoose - I agree that Same Bed was over complicated. I think there was a great story there but it was made too inaccessible for most. 1mo
fredthemoose @squirrelbrain 💯💯💯 1mo
squirrelbrain @ruthiella @sarahbarnes @Bookwormjillk -glad you‘re enjoying the pairings! @fredthemoose - there were a few different options for matching up books - I wondered about Same Bed with Julia, for a similar kind of dystopian comparison. 1mo
Hooked_on_books I enjoyed the reading experience with SB, but felt like there was so much there I wasn‘t getting, and I still don‘t know how the disparate stories are supposed to relate to each other. Whereas I thought LUD was fantastic. I thought the ending could have been stronger, but I felt like I was right there with the main character, feeling what she was feeling. Just incredible. This was an easy choice for me. 1mo
Decalino I have to admit I only read SB, but I thought it was intriguing and inventive, plus it was interesting to read all the threads of Korean history--I did a lot of googling and fact-checking while reading it. I don't claim to have fully understood all the connections it was making, but it was a wild and memorable read. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Karisimo too lyrical, that‘s exactly what I disliked too about Let Us Descend. Well said! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Decalino I am sorry now I didn‘t give SB the attention it needed, I should have Googled too, the book deserved it. 1mo
Kitta I liked Let Us Descend and am a huge fan of Ward‘s works but found it a bit too much magical realism. The spirits were too much and I just wanted the story without so much of them. I still thought it was great but maybe a 4 ⭐️ instead of 5. My favourite by Ward is 1mo
Kitta @Karisimo @BarbaraBB that‘s so interesting, part of why I liked LUD was because it was so lyrical. The words fill me up and it was beautiful to read dispute the content being hard. But I usually like that kind of stuff! To each their own! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole This was another easy choice for me. Same Bed went way over my head and I didn‘t get anything out of it. I should have had some of you expert Litsy folks explain it to me 😆 and I felt exactly the same as @Hooked_on_books with Let Us Descend…I was right there with Annis, living those horrible scenes. Such a visceral reading experience. 1mo
55 likes26 comments
review
rmaclean4
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

Poetic slave narrative with mythical elements. Her writing is brutal and lyrical. A must-read for literary fiction fans. 4.5 🌟

review
LadyCait84
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

Another 5⭐️ book club read!

This one‘s a work of beauty, even as it contains so much ugliness & agony. The prose is lyrical, amplifying Annis‘ emotional journey of despair & hope, longing & remembrance, alongside her physical journey through the hells of enslavement.

I hadn‘t realized the book‘s strong ties to Dante‘s Inferno, so I do wish I‘d brushed up a bit on that first. But because I‘m a nerd, not because that context was needed.

review
cariashley
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

Loved the prose in this book, which was just gorgeous. The first half was excellent but the second half lost me a little, but still appreciated this for its beautiful writing about truly horrific things. #LitsyTOB24 #botm

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛 great review! 2mo
Megabooks Nice review!
2mo
BarbaraBB I agree, the ghosts took over a bit too much for me. 2mo
62 likes3 comments
review
JenReadsAlot
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Mehso-so

I think I would have loved this so much, but the spirits were distracting for me and took away from Annis and her story.

KateReadsYA And that ending 😳 like what will become of them!!!!? 2mo
43 likes1 comment
review
Bookwormjillk
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

I don‘t know how to rate or review this book. The point of it didn‘t seem to be to write a book anyone would like. It‘s a tough subject, and magical realism isn‘t my thing. I am glad I read it though. #LitsyTOB24

Megabooks Yes, very tough subject, but it didn‘t stick with me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review - you said exactly what I wanted to say but couldn‘t figure how to! 2mo
62 likes2 comments
review
Kitta
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full of magical realism, this story of slavery in the southern USA hits pretty hard. I love Jesmyn Ward (Definitely recommend Salvage the Bones!) but there was a bit too much about spirits for me and the subject is very heavy.

Still fantastic writing & I liked the story, so 4 stars.

Here‘s my #cataoflitsy snuggled up on this cold, snowy New York City morning.

Lots of tags for this one:

#lgbtq2024 #LitsyToB24 #BlackHistorymonth #BOTM

dabbe 🖤🐾🐾🖤 2mo
cariashley Your cats have beautiful markings! 😻 2mo
Kitta Thank you @cariashley! 2mo
25 likes3 comments
review
Readerann
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

A soft pick. If I think of it as poetry, it makes a real impact. As a novel, too much magical realism for my taste.
#LitsyToB24

Ruthiella This is going to be the last #LitsyToB24 book that I read because I think I will feel the same way. I didn‘t like the writing in Sing, Unburied Sing and I generally don‘t like magic realism in novels…🤔 2mo
BarbaraBB I wasn‘t too fond of this one either 2mo
Readerann @Ruthiella Yeah, a little magical realism goes a long way! 2mo
See All 7 Comments
Readerann @BarbaraBB It‘s one of those books I really WANTED to like more. 😕 2mo
SamAnne Perfect review. I reqd everything Jesmyn Ward writes. Love her. But this one was also a soft pick for me and you hit the nail.on the head. 2mo
Readerann @SamAnne Thanks! I have only read Sing, UnBuried, Sing by her, but definitely liked that more. (edited) 2mo
Kitta Agreed! I just finished this and much preferred 2mo
17 likes1 stack add7 comments
review
fredthemoose
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

I don‘t know how to review this. The writing was beautiful. The subject matter was hard. I didn‘t particularly enjoy it, but enjoyment was not the point. I wasn‘t sure what the rules of engagement were for the magical realism part. The ending felt unsettled, like more of a brief pause for the MC, but I hope things work out for her. #LitsyToB24

blurb
Kitta
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

Current reading location: Orlando Florida!

I‘m here for a conference and spending a few days in Crystal River afterwards to see the manatees!

blurb
Kitta
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

Starting this today!

I wanted to get through some of my TBR and prioritize black authors for #blackhistorymonth!

I loved Salvage the Bones so I have high hopes for this one!

#BOTM #LitsyTob24

jlhammar I‘ve got this in my stack for this month. Looking forward to it! 2mo
Kitta @jlhammar I‘m only about 80 pages in so far and it‘s good! So hard to read about slavery though omg 2mo
24 likes2 comments
review
marleed
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

Poetic, tragic, inhumane…. My heart aches for fictional Annis and all she represents. Although this story didn‘t provide new historical fact from my own past readings, that‘s okay. We cannot allow this uncomfortable history to be whitewashed away.

blurb
perfectlywinged
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

Beautiful writing so far

17 likes1 stack add
review
Chelsea.Poole
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

Gorgeous writing, a haunting story, and unforgettable characters make this latest from Ward a fantastic, though brutal reading experience. Let Us Descend takes readers along with Annis on a horrific, visceral journey south, down in the mud and literally into the earth. The nature writing is beautiful and the mother-daughter connection is heartbreaking. Slavery is a difficult subject to read about but vital. #LitsyToB24

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m reading this now 💔 3mo
monkeygirlsmama I keep looking at this one every time my daughter drags me to Target to look at Taylor Swift CDs. LoL It's already in my mind's TBR like, but stacking here now. 3mo
Lesliereadsalot I live her writing! 3mo
Lesliereadsalot *love 3mo
Megabooks Agree!! Excellent review!!! 3mo
93 likes4 stack adds5 comments
quote
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

“The first weapon I ever held was my mother‘s hand.”

#FirstLineFridays
#Sharreadathon
#LitsyLove

🐝 📚 🍯 🍷 (watermelon pear wine)

tpixie Great quote! 3mo
69 likes1 comment
review
Eggs
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

Ward writes beautifully and soulfully about Annis‘s journey through the hell of an enslaved life. Ward uses spirits of the past, which seemed to me to represent generational collective consciousness of grandmother, mother, and Annis. But in this novel, the reliance on spirits felt heavy-handed and distracting in the last half of the story.

#InsectCover #NewYearNewBooks
#JoyousJanuary Readathon Day 6
#ReadAway2024

DieAReader 🥳Great! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Also my choice! 🐝 3mo
Eggs @DieAReader ❤️❤️ 3mo
See All 6 Comments
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 3mo
Eggs @Andrew65 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 3mo
75 likes1 stack add6 comments
blurb
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

#InsectCover 🐝
#NewYearNewBooks

📚🐝📚🐝📚🐝

Eggs Another great photo👏🏻🐝👏🏻 3mo
80 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
KateReadsYA
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

The reviews are spot on. Jesmyn Ward is a very poetic writer. 🐝

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this author ✍️ 3mo
49 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Lsmoore43
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

I got this as one of my BOTM picks. It's a very deep book. A very emotional one. At least for me it was. This is truly a heartbreaking account of one young ladies journey through being a slave. Time with her mother. Watching as her mother was sold and she was left behind. Alone. Scared. In the bosses sights. Her own biological father who wanted her in a bad way. A white man. A slave owner.

Full review: http://tinyurl.com/yp2sr6s6

@jesmynward

23 likes1 stack add
blurb
KateReadsYA
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

Starting this evening.

blurb
LatrelWhite
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

January pick! ❤️💛❤️💛 Jesmyn Ward her writings is like reading poetry. A phenomenal writer.

20 likes1 stack add
review
BkClubCare
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

I found it mesmerizing, fiercely hopeful. Toni M influenced this and Ward gave her character agency. Powerful.

Nutmegnc 😱 what a recommendation!! 3mo
BkClubCare @Nutmegnc - it‘s brutal. 3mo
31 likes2 comments
review
britt_brooke
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ This first line is a gut punch, but this didn‘t hold my attention. About 100 pages in, I remembered how much I disliked Sing, Unburied, Sing, so was left wondering why in the world I chose this BOTM? Ward is clearly a talented author, but this writing style is too flowery for me. The focus becomes lost in the writing. It‘s a worthwhile story, but I didn‘t care for the magical realism elements. I also wanted more of the woman warrior aspect.

BarbaraBB Exactly what I thought too 3mo
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB A trustworthy validation - thank you! 😆 Happy New Year, friend! 3mo
BarbaraBB Happy new year, dear Britt 🤍 3mo
69 likes3 comments
review
Bookish_Gal
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Mehso-so

I think this is an important read. It delves into the horrors of enslaved people in a new way. Yet, still didn‘t sit well with me. Maybe that was the point. No happy needing, just horrors switching. Annis comes from a warrior family, grandmother stolen to America, and raped. Which is why I hoped more of her mom‘s teaching, of fighting, would be utilized. Disappointed in that regard. The spirit through me a loop every time she spoke with Annis.

review
Well-ReadNeck
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Panpan

Reading for #LitsyToB24 I agree 💯 with @BarbaraBB on this one. I feel like I‘ve already read this one. Beautiful writing, for sure, but nothing really new here.

DrSabrinaMoldenReads Wow! This was the first book of hers I‘ve bought 3mo
BarbaraBB I am relieved I‘m not the only one feeling this way. I had read only raving reviews when I started the book. 3mo
50 likes2 comments
review
Jas16
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

I went into this with really high expectations and truly loved parts of this book. The writing was gorgeous and Annis‘s story harowing . However this is only a light pick for me because while I typically enjoy magical realism, overtime I found the spirits increasingly distracting from what I found powerful about the novel. Less would have been a lot more. #litsytob24

BarbaraBB I felt the same about the spirits. 3mo
51 likes1 comment
quote
BkClubCare
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

“Her voice lingers in the air: the crust of pie around the edges of the pan, the pan that we scrape to savor in the hot corners of the kitchen, the buttery crumb rich in mouths, but only enough to hint at the cinnamon, the nutmeg, the sugar… p1887-188

#iLovePie #pieinlit #litpie

BkClubCare P227 “The old mother caresses her daughter‘s cheek as tenderly as Cora pats pie dough, then twists back and slaps the lady across the face: once, twice.” 3mo
monkeygirlsmama @BkClubCare Well then! So much for sweet moments. 😳😆 (edited) 3mo
Mccall0113 This one is sitting on my shelf 3mo
30 likes3 comments
review
BarbaraBB
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Mehso-so

#UnpopularOpinion

This was a hard read. I know this is an important subject but I‘ve read so much about it already and to me this book didn‘t add much to what I already knew. The lyrical writing is beautiful but to me the spirits surrounding Annis distract from the story instead of taking it a higher level. #LitsyToB24

squirrelbrain I agree with your view. I can see how some (most) people love it, but it didn‘t work for me. Great pic - looks like you‘re all having a fab time! 3mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s too bad, but I understand the notion of having read a lot about the experiences of enslaved people. There can be a sameness there. I thought this book was remarkable, but it‘s been a bit since I read a slavery narrative, so I don‘t feel oversaturated by it at the moment. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books You can express it much better than I can but that‘s exactly how I feel! 3mo
See All 14 Comments
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain We have! Three families however many are leaving today. S and I and another couple will travel to Switzerland for three more days and then drive home again! 3mo
BkClubCare Noted and respected. I am 2/3 in and appreciating Ward and her story very much. 3mo
BkClubCare Enjoy your travels! 3mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare Thanks! And I‘m sure you‘ll love it, if you‘re 2/3 in. I am really the minority here! 3mo
sarahbarnes Great review and pic. I‘m in line for this at the library. 3mo
Jas16 Reading this now and agree about the spirits. 3mo
BkClubCare @BarbaraBB - and that is okay! If we all liked the same books, what fun would that be? And we don‘t want an environment here that squashes any opinion so please continue to share. 3mo
Megabooks Yes, the spirits were def the worst part. 3mo
Chelsea.Poole Looks like a lovely time! I just put the book down, after finishing the first chapter and I already had tears in my eyes. I think this is going to be a heartbreaking read for me. 3mo
BkClubCare @Chelsea.Poole - it is brutal, but also fierce in hope. 3mo
79 likes14 comments
review
Megabooks
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

I like Ward for a similar reason as Lauren Groff: The beauty of the language is equal to or even greater than my enjoyment of the story, which is a really special experience, especially on audio!! Ward tells an often dark, sorrowful story of a young girl‘s experience of slavery and being sold away from her mother and marched to Louisiana. It is bleak. But there are fleeting moments of hope and strength that build her up. #LitsyToB24

squirrelbrain I found this a really tough read. It was beautiful but I can‘t say I liked it. 🤔 4mo
BarbaraBB I am in the middle of it but I don‘t think it‘ll be a pick for me. @squirrelbrain 4mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB this would not have been a pick in print I think…maybe…but something about the spoken words really moved me. 4mo
BarbaraBB Language is gorgeous wand lyric indeed. 3mo
82 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
staci.reads
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

Everything Ward writes is masterful, and this was no exception. Her writing is simultaneously lyrical and heartbreaking. Sing, Unburied, Sing still ranks as her best in my book, but this is another powerful offering.

BarbaraBB I just started this. Glad to hear it‘s so good. 4mo
BkClubCare I am trying to finish this one by NYE, too! (So I am going to sign off these apps and go read LOL) 4mo
72 likes2 comments
review
Soubhiville
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

The second full audiobook I listened to on my drive. Read by the author. As most of Ward‘s books are, this is heavy and dark material. I thought the MC was great, and the supernatural element was strong. Excellent, and if you‘ve read Ward you know to expect that.

We are all happy to be out of the car, hanging out on the new bed as the movers unload the trailer. Here‘s to a new life adventure! Thanks for all your well wishes. Now- food and sleep!

sarahbarnes Glad you made it! 4mo
AmyG You made it! Wishing you and the “kids” much happiness and success in your new home. Hugs. ❤️ 4mo
TrishB Best of luck in your new home ❤️ 4mo
See All 15 Comments
squirrelbrain Good luck in your new adventure. 4mo
Hooked_on_books Holy cow you got there already! That‘s great! And all the kids look like they did just fine. I loved this book. Ward is the real deal. 4mo
ShelleyBooksie Adorable pic!! Best wishes for new adventures in your new home! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Those faces 🤣🤣💕 4mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🐾🐾🖤 4mo
Hooked_on_books Your box is on the way! They say Saturday delivery. 🤞🏼 4mo
Soubhiville I‘ll keep an eye out Holly, thank you! @Hooked_on_books 4mo
Chelsea.Poole So cozy! 4mo
Bookwormjillk Okay so where are you going to sleep :) Good luck in your new home. 4mo
Soubhiville @Bookwormjillk haha, it‘s often a squeeze with all 4 of us, but we cuddle and make it work. 😁💜🐕🐈‍⬛ 4mo
BkClubCare Happy New Places! 4mo
UwannaPublishme ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
86 likes1 stack add15 comments
blurb
Readergrrl
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

Thank you, Leanna!! I came so close to buying this book for myself last night, but didn‘t simply because I wondered “what if?” I‘m so glad I didn‘t! Thank you very much for everything; cordial cherries are one of my favorite chocolates! Happy #JólabókaflóðSwap and have a very Merry Christmas! ? ??
#jolabokaflodswap

ReadingOver50 I love those cherries too! 😄 (edited) 4mo
guinsgirlreads 😆 That‘s awesome! I‘ve heard it‘s a great book, too! Merry Christmas -! 🎄 (edited) 4mo
61 likes2 comments
blurb
Erinreadsthebooks
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

Thrifted some great books yesterday 🤩

Tamra Love it when that happens! 4mo
Ruthiella Nice haul! And the Jesmyn Ward book is only just out. 👍 4mo
36 likes2 comments
blurb
BkClubCare
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

I was in a FLURRY when the TOB Long List was announced but it has taken to today for me to start again on figuring out how to read what for the next few months. I appreciate all of you here at Litsy giving me new avenues to read widely and deeply and having fun doing so. 🤩 Pictured is my paper tracking guide. 🥸 About to tackle a re-org of my gr bookshelves. And then look again at Libby 🥺

#LitsyToB2024 Tagged book on 14-day loan. #Hardcover

BarbaraBB The planning is part of the fun! Looking good 😊 4mo
32 likes1 stack add1 comment
quote
decaturmamaof2
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

Sure-footed, farseeing women. (...) How the whitewash of starlight would buoy them along. How they dance with the rocking deck. How them sing. 😍😍😍

1 like1 stack add
blurb
britt_brooke
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

At about 5pm on December 9, an EF2 tornado came within a quarter mile of our house. Thankfully, we are ok and so is our home. 🩶 We‘ve now been without power for over 48 hours. We borrowed a generator and can heat/light a couple of small areas, so here we are cozied up in my 11 year old‘s room. We *should* have power sometime tomorrow.

Edit: After 50 hours, it just came back on!! 💡

rachelsbrittain So glad yall are okay! 4mo
peanutnine Glad you are safe, and hope you have power back soon! 🤞🏼💖 4mo
TheBookgeekFrau Glad you're all Ok!!🙏🏼 I saw the news stories about this tornado, the videos were terrifying! 4mo
See All 25 Comments
Librarybelle Stay safe! 4mo
Fr3NcHtOaSt Glad to hear you are safe 4mo
LeahBergen Oh, my goodness! So glad you are okay. ❤️❤️ 4mo
Deblovestoread Yikes! Glad you are ok and able to stay warm! 4mo
AmyG Omg. I am happy to read you and your family is ok. 4mo
Leftcoastzen So glad it missed you! Weird winter tornado, so scary ! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So glad you‘re safe! 4mo
BookmarkTavern Glad you‘re safe and that you‘ve got power back! ❤️ 4mo
dabbe Glad you're all okay with your house intact! Stay safe! 💙❄️💙 4mo
DaveGreen7777 So glad you‘re all okay! 🙏 4mo
Tamra 😅 What a relief! 4mo
Ruthiella Whew! Glad you‘re all okay! ❤️ 4mo
Bookzombie I‘m so glad you are all okay and that the power has returned. (edited) 4mo
Hooked_on_books Well, that‘s terrifying! So glad you‘re all safe and have power again. 4mo
batsy So scary. Glad you're all OK and the power is back. 4mo
Anna40 Yes, terrifying. Glad you‘re alright and hearing etc is working again 4mo
Anna40 Heating 4mo
vivastory Seeing this after the fact, but glad to know that you're all safe 💙 4mo
britt_brooke @vivastory Thanks, Scott!! Happy to see you here. 🙂 Hope all is well! 4mo
BkClubCare Whoa, the wait is tough, the not knowing, glad you are safe. 4mo
britt_brooke @BkClubCare Thank you! 🩶 4mo
71 likes25 comments
review
MallenNC
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

No one needs me to convince them that Jesmyn Ward is a great writer. I don‘t know that I grasped all the literary references in this one but on a sentence level it is excellent.

I listened to the audiobook and it is narrated by the author. I think she did a great job, and it was a good experience hearing her words in her voice.

This was one of the books I read in November.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

This is one tough book to read by the author of Sing, Unburied, Sing. We follow Annis, a teenage slave, on her journey from a rice plantation in the Carolinas to a sugar plantation in New Orleans. She can hear and see her ancestral spirits as they guide her and comfort her. I could only admire her strength and fortitude just trying to stay alive every day and eventually finding peace.

quote
britt_brooke
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

“The first weapon I ever held was my mother‘s hand.”

What an incredible #firstline! #BOTM

review
amyrohn
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

This book is so stunning and beautifully written. It‘s also definitely a hard story to read, as it follows a young enslaved girl as she is sold in the American South in the years before the Civil War. There‘s elements of magical realism which lend themselves to the lyrical quality of the writing. This isn‘t my usual genre so maybe that‘s why I didn‘t connect with it as much as I could have, but I think on a reread I would savor it more. 4/5⭐️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this author ✍️ 💛 5mo
41 likes1 comment
review
Tamra
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

The haunting lyrical prose is in sharp contrast to the abuse suffered by Annis, a young slave girl. Annis discovers by way of descent into her memory that she has the will & power to choose life rather than cross over the river into the spirit world.

jlhammar Looking forward to this, but probably won't get to it until Jan or Feb. 5mo
57 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
TrishB
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

This is sad and brutal and very hard to read. Did I enjoy it, no. Did I admire the writing and appreciate the story it was telling, yes. I‘m in awe that she could infuse any hope into these situations.
Humans have always been our own worst enemy.

squirrelbrain Great review. I read this a couple of weeks ago and didn‘t post a review as I couldn‘t articulate my feelings, but you just did it for me. Thank you. 5mo
quietlycuriouskate That sounds like a really tough read! ? "Bone-pulverising" though?! Jeez! Books are powerful, for sure, but isn't that taking things a little far?! 5mo
BarbaraBB I have never read her. Should I? 5mo
See All 12 Comments
TrishB @squirrelbrain a heavy read. Also, her personal situation and how that must have impacted on the writing. 5mo
TrishB @quietlycuriouskate I hadn‘t even noticed that! And a very weird description. 5mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB they are very good books. But all very sad and dark. 5mo
Hooked_on_books She‘s an extraordinary writer. 5mo
Reggie @BarbaraBb I haven‘t read this one, yet, but I read Sing Unburied Sing and I have yet to meet a person who doesn‘t love that book. Her writing is amazing. Great review TrishB! 5mo
TrishB @Reggie she is an awesome writer. 5mo
BarbaraBB @Reggie Thanks both! Will read her! 5mo
Centique Yes! Thats just how i felt too. In some ways i didnt want to pick it back up it was so hard. Then i read an interview about Ward‘s grief and was blown away to think of what she has been through. On top of the losses she talked about in Men We Reaped. 🤯 5mo
TrishB @Centique I read an interview with her that stayed in my mind and then read the book. Very emotional. 5mo
91 likes1 stack add12 comments
quote
NikkiCureton
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image

The dogs‘ bark spike like the teeth of a saw. There is no mercy here. If these spirits fail me, I will bare my throat. I will throw myself at those dogs, I will fight them and lose, and I will go anyway—-to the Water, to the singing place beyond the Water, to Mama Aza, to Safi, to my mama. I will be free this night, by doorway or window, by keyhole or dormer. I will be free. The truth bursts in me.

4 likes1 stack add
blurb
TrishB
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
review
Centique
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

Salvage the Bones is one of my favourite books of all time and therefore i will read ANYTHING that Jesmyn Ward writes. This story of Annis takes place in the antebellum south. She is born into slavery but is from a line of warrior women. Ward said she wrote this book in response to someone saying that their ancestors didnt resist enough. Annis‘ story is a story of resistance, but slavery has so much power and reach ⬇️

Centique One thing that this book made visceral for me, beyond other books on this topic, is the impact of hunger. The torment of starving and dwindling bodies while serving fat laden food to slave owners 🤯💔 Mind blowing! 5mo
TrishB Great review- I have it on the pile! 5mo
CarolynM Lovely review, Paula💕😘 5mo
See All 7 Comments
Centique Thank you both 😘 @TrishB @CarolynM 5mo
Reggie Ughh I‘m not sure I‘m ready for this book but I put it on hold because I‘m gonna read it. 5mo
Centique @Reggie it was definitely hard going in parts 😬 i feel a bit battered but it was so good. 💕 5mo
Suet624 I kept thinking how tough this book must have been to write. 4mo
78 likes1 stack add7 comments
review
Mpcacher
Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
post image
Pickpick

This is a dark book that through beautiful writing explains the horror of slavery through the eyes of a teenage slave. She is sold, starved, tortured and lives a miserable life and yet somehow has hope. I am not a huge fan of magical realism and while that element of the story was not my favorite, I did like that it provided a sense of the strength of the women that came before. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. This one will stay with me. 4/5