Tells the account of a black woman named Aminata “Meena” Diallo from when she was captured as a young child in Africa, sold into slavery in South Carolina, escaped to Nova Scotia as a black Loyalist, and then returned to Sierra Leone with other freed slaves.
Winner of the 2009 Canada Reads Award, the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and the 2007 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
At times I found the book slow and not very representative of the majority of slaves who had it much worse than Aminata did. Overall, though the book was beautifully written.
Borrow The Book of Negroes from your local VPL Library!
Top Three Similar Reads:
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- Water For Elephants, by Sara Gruen
Have you read The Book of Negroes yet? If so, what did you think?