Property by Valerie Martin

About the book

Manon Gaudet is unhappily married to the owner of a Louisiana sugar plantation. She misses her family and longs for the vibrant lifestyle of her native New Orleans, but most of all, she longs to be free of the suffocating domestic situation. The tension revolves around Sarah, a slave girl who may have been given to Manon as a wedding present from her aunt, whose young son Walter is living proof of where Manon’s husband’s inclinations lie.
This private drama is being played out against a brooding atmosphere of slave unrest and bloody uprisings. And if the attacks reach Manon’s house, no one can be sure which way Sarah will turn . . .
Beautifully written, PROPERTY is an intricately told tale of both individual stories and of a country in a time of change, where ownership is at once everything and nothing, and where belonging, by contrast, is all.

Reviewed by Barnfield Book Club:

An intense, brooding, many layered novel. Well worth reading.

Star rating: ****

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3 thoughts on “Property by Valerie Martin”

  1. Review by Hook Reading Group:
    Extremely well written, very compelling, however no bonding with the characters. All very glad we read this book though.
    Star rating: ****

  2. Review by Shipton Bellinger WI Reading Group:
    A well written compelling novel. Not a pleasant story but one that should be read. Man’s inhumanity to man was alive and active during the slave trade in America
    Star rating: ***

  3. Review by Ems Valley U3A
    Not an easy story to read in terms of content but written in an easy reading style. Characters were all unsympathetic which was a problem for some readers. Good picture of slavery and relationships between master and slaves but it was felt it didn’t have anything new to say.
    Star rating **

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