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Robert Jones, Jr., and Justine Cowan

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On this episode of the Book Club, we hear from Robert Jones, Jr., author of THE PROPHETS. The novel, which shot to the New York Times bestseller list instantly, is the story of two enslaved men on a deep South plantation and the unlikely love they find together there, amidst the struggle and betrayal of an enslaved life.

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We also hear from Justine Cowan, author of THE SECRET LIFE OF DOROTHY SOAMES. Cowan thought her mother—who was prickly and hypercritical—descended from British aristocracy. After her mother’s death, Justine was driven to investigate her past and was stunned to find that her mother had been raised in the horrific and abusive Foundling Hospital in London.