One of the best books of the year, by far. Not entirely sure when this book came out but regardless, a wonderful read. This book hits you hard early on as the author reminds you of the savagery of slavery. This shadow looms larger over the rest of the book but there also lives a parallel narrative of beauty, science, humanity and location.
Two friends recommended Esi Edugyan’s “Washington Black,” and I’m so happy they did. I was hooked from page one and found the angles of art and science much to my liking. A young Barbadian slave boy, born into the harshest of conditions, begins an unexpected life journey taking him to remote parts of the Far North, Africa, and unsettled America. There were scenes I read more than once reminding me what great prose is capable of.
Get it, read it.