The slave owner featured in Martin's new work happens to be a woman, and she's very unhappy that her favorite piece of "property" has become her husband's mistress.
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Set in Louisiana in 1828, Martin's latest novel depicts the psychologically charged relationship between a wealthy white woman and the slave she detests. Manon Gaudet is bored and dissatisfied with her stifling marriage to a man she loathes. She takes much of her resentment out on her slave, Sarah, who is her husband's unwilling mistress and the mother of his only two children. Manon hates the children, especially the eldest, Walter, who is allowed to run wild on their estate. Her husband (who is never given a name) tries to reach out to Manon, but she rejects his attempts with disdain and condescension. The claustrophobic estate only makes Manon resent her life more, and she is grateful when she is unable to conceive a child. When a group of runaway slaves descends upon Manon's home, their attack brings the simmering tensions between Manon and Sarah to a head, resulting in a dramatic confrontation that only serves to heighten Manon's obsession with subjugating Sarah. The book is taut and atmospheric and effectively chronicles an obsessive fixation. Kristine Huntley
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Where do I begin? This book had been on my Amazon wishlist for a while, and I decided to make the leap and finally purchase it. Well, it was engaging for sure. Ms. Read morePublished 11 days ago by NSM078
A different view of what it may have been like from the mistress perspective. I found the main character to be strong and endearing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TLynn
Based on a true story and one part of it, this is a well written page turner. Still trying to read the other part of the real story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SugarChan
Too much left out for me. The main characters feelings were vague. Yes she painted a bad picture
Of slavery yet she saw the cruelty of their lives but she showed no compassion... Read more
This book read more like an account of events, some related,some not. I expected more from an antebellum writing entitled "Property". Read morePublished 5 months ago by EbonyPriestess