John Crow's Devil

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Author: Marlon James
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books; Reissue edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781936070107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936070107
  • ASIN: 1936070103
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches

The incredible debut novel from 2015 Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James

This stunning debut novel tells the story of a biblical struggle in a remote Jamaican village in 1957 with language as taut as classic works by Cormac McCarthy and a richness reminiscent of early Toni Morrison.


"A powerful first novel . . . Writing with assurance and control, James uses his small-town drama to suggest the larger anguish of a postcolonial society struggling for its own identity." 
New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)

"Elements coalesce in a Jamaican stew spicier than jerk chicken. First novelist James moves effortlessly between lyrical patois and trenchant observations . . . It's 150-proof literary rum guaranteed to intoxicate and enchant. Highly recommended."
Library Journal (*starred* review)


Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1970. His second novel, The Book of Night Women, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, was released in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim. Currently a professor of literature and creative writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, he divides his time between Jamaica, New York City, and the Twin Cities.