Meet the Candidate — “Someone Knows My Name” by Lawrence Hill

Originally published as The Book of Negroes in Canada (Toronto : HarperCollins, 2007), Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill is our focus this week.

A summary from the publisher W.W. Norton introduces the novel:

Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom—and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for “adventurers” to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public. This captivating story of one woman’s remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history.

For some more flavor, watch the book trailer for the illustrated  edition of the Book of Negoes:

Two excerpts of the novel, one from HarperCollinsCanada and Lawrence Hill reading an excerpt on The Paula Gordon Show:

Finally, here are some reviews to help you decide if Someone Know My Name hould be the next One Book.

From The New York Times: From Slavery to Freedom
From The Washington Post: A Slave’s Great Journey
From The Guardian: Bought and Sold
Susan Rife of The Herald Tribune reviews the audio edition: Someone Knows My Name

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