The Known World - Edward P. Jones Listened to this on audio and it was hard to keep track of all the characters and the time periods. Perhaps reading the book would have made this easier. I went through a period when I couldn't read enough or learn enough about the period of slavery in our country. Now I tend to find the subject heartbreaking and this book was even more so, black people owning slaves themselves...I just thought 'how could you' as I also tried to relate to the times they were living in. An impressive work about a very deep subject.