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Washington, DC, Jesmyn Ward discusses Let Us Descend with Jason Reynolds

October 25, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT


Loyalty Bookstores is incredibly honored to welcome Jesmyn Ward in conversation with Jason Reynolds to celebrate the release of Let Us Descend, in partnership with the National Women’s History Museum! This is an in-person event taking place at Lincoln Theatre, located at 1215 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009. Click here to get tickets! Each ticket comes with a signed copy of the book Let Us Descend. Additional books by Jesmyn Ward and Jason Reynolds will be available for purchase at the event. Face masks are strongly encouraged for all attendees!


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,’ the poet now began, ‘and enter this blind world.’” —Inferno, Dante Alighieri

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.


October 25, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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