According to the NYT, The Prophets’ is an exploration of Black Love and Memory in a Time of Trauma. What an apt description of this powerful debut by Robert Jones Jr.
In a novel moving across time and space, we are introduced to Samuel and Isaiah, who are two enslaved young men on a plantation named Empty. Despite a betrayal by another one of the enslaved men, their love burns brightly.
Moving back in time, we are introduced to the Kosongo people and meet Kosii and Elewa who are spiritual predecessors to Samuel and Isaiah.
There are a multitude of other characters who we meet in this traversing of time and place, Amos, Ruth, Paul and Tim.
The Cheeky Natives sat down with Robert Jones Jr to discuss this radical book of queer love that moves in courage and history