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Edward P. Jones’s novel takes a unique angle on the slave narrative with its focus on a black slave owner. In my new YouTube video, I give my initial impressions of the first 100 pages and talk about what we can take away from it as writers.

One thing of note about the diversity in this book, aside from what I already mentioned, is that there is mention of a gay character. His role in the story so far is very minimal, but it may grow later.

I am enjoying all of the different characters in the story so far, but the tendency to dwell on backstory for each one is giving me pause. And more than anything, you don’t want your readers to pause. Unless, of course, it’s one of those “awesome line” moments that makes you just stop and think.

Have you read this Pulitzer Prize winning book? Without spoilers, what were your thoughts? I’m going to stick with it for a little while and see if it picks up some steam. Comment below.

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Jarrod King

The author Jarrod King

Jarrod is a soon-to-be published author and a web optimizer. Besides writing, he enjoys singing, songwriting, and enjoying the company of great friends. He currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.

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