THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DEBUT NOVEL FROM A PROFOUND LITERARY VOICE: Jones’ work continues to resonate with readers decades after publication.
TREMENDOUS PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS EDITIONS: Corregidora received accolades from renowned literary figures such as James Baldwin, Margo Jefferson, and Maya Angelou.
A NEW EDITION OF A LITERARY CLASSIC: This edition features a refreshed design and packaging that highlights the significance of Jones’ work and its continued relevance.
"The Best American Novelist Whose Name You May Not Know"—Calvin Baker, The Atlantic
“Corregidora’s survey of trauma and overcoming has become even better and more relevant with the passage of time. It remains an indispensable point of entry into the tradition of African American writing that Gayl Jones reshaped and enriched.” —Paul Gilroy, author of The Black Atlantic
“Corregidora is a breathtaking novel that stands as one of the most important twentieth-century works of African American literature. Jones captures the web of inheritances that shaped the lives of Black women in slavery and freedom, from trauma to resilience, and from flesh to spirit. Corregidora is deeply affecting and endures in the heart and mind of readers.”
—Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine
Praise for the first edition
“Corregidora is the most brutally honest and painful revelation of what has occurred, and is occurring, in the souls of Black men and women.”
“Gayl Jones has concocted a tale as American as Mount Rushmore and as murky as the Florida swamps.”
“Gayl Jones is an American writer with a powerful sense of vital inheritance, of history in the blood.”
“A first novel of great power, so emotionally raw that some readers may find it embarrassing. Corregidora has a sense of life not filtered through art . . . . Gayl Jones’s special gift is to shape experience and make it seem unshaped.”
—John Alfred Avant, The New Republic
“A fiercely concentrated story, harsh and perfectly told . . . . Original, superbly imagined, nothing about the book is simple or easily digested . . . . Gayl Jones has presented problems that are living, historical and important additions to the current American—not just black—scene. Her novels are genuinely imaginative creations.”
—Darryl Pinkney, The New Republic
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