Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black is calling to us from the table over there. The paperback edition has a much more evocative cover (even though we are fans of big block text), highlighting Edugyan’s larger-than-life story of George Washington Black, an eleven-year-old field slave from Barbados, who has some adventures.
Some adventures. We make it sound like a field trip to the zoo. No, Black has some serious adventures! He starts as a manservant to one Christopher Wilde, but when things go awry and Christopher and Wash must flee for their lives, everything changes, and Wash learns more the world and himself and the cost of friendship and freedom.
–A Good Book, Sumner, WA
This PNBA Award-winner is in paperback now, so it’s perfect for book clubs, commuters, in-bed readers, and more. There’s a reader’s guide, too, for your further edification. You can find it at A Good Book and other independent bookstores.