"The story you are about to read concerns certain events that occurred in the early years of my life. It all happened over a hundred and seventy years ago. For many of you it might sound like a tall tale because I am no older today than I was back there in the year 1832. But this is no whopper I'm telling, it is a story about my boyhood as a slave and my fated encounter with the amazing Tall John From Beyond Africa." 47, a young slave boy, is growing up on a plantation under the watchful eye of a brutal slave master. His life seems doomed, until he meets the mysterious Tall John who not only introduces him to an unimaginable magical science but teaches 47 the meaning of freedom. A master storyteller, Mosley deftly mixes speculative and historical fiction in this daring novel.
47: « "Equal parts history and tall tale, this engaging story related by an endearing narrator is so full of dramatic tension that few readers will realize they're learning something, too." - Publisher's Weekly, starred review
"Powerfully described and haunting*" - Kliatt
"Walter Mosley is a force to be reckoned with in this lifetime and those to come. His infinite imagination makes this incredible reading." - Black Issues Book Review
"A stirring story of escape from slavery in which [science fiction] and African American myth blend with the realism of plantation brutality and the courage of resistance." - Booklist
"Thrilling on many levels, the books voices, sacrifices, climatic battles, and satisfying escapes will dazzle and provoke readers." - The Horn Book
Quills Award Young Adult Finalist ALA Best Books for Young Adults nominee New York Times bestseller —
Walter Mosley is one of America's most celebrated and beloved writers. A Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, he has won numerous awards, including the Anisfield-Wolf Award, a Grammy, a PEN USA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and several NAACP Image awards. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. His short fiction has appeared in a wide array of publications, including The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Playboy, and his nonfiction has been published in The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and The Nation. He is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series, including most recently Charcoal Joe. He lives in New York City.