Someone knows my name /
Lawrence Hill.
1st American ed.
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2007.
486 p. ; 25 cm.
0393065782, 9780393065787
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New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2007.
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Originally published as: The book of Negroes.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, USA, 2008 : Nominated
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-07-01:
Torn from Africa, enslaved, and subsequently separated from her husband and child, Aminata lands in Revolutionary-era Manhattan and helps write The Book of Negroes, an actual document concerning African Americans given safe passage to Nova Scotia because they remained loyal to the Crown. With a reading group guide. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2007-09-03:
Stunning, wrenching and inspiring, the fourth novel by Canadian novelist Hill (Any Known Blood) spans the life of Aminata Diallo, born in Bayo, West Africa, in 1745. The novel opens in 1802, as Aminata is wooed in London to the cause of British abolitionists, and begins reflecting on her life. Kidnapped at the age of 11 by British slavers, Aminata survives the Middle Passage and is reunited in South Carolina with Chekura, a boy from a village near hers. Her story gets entwined with his, and with those of her owners: nasty indigo producer Robinson Appleby and, later, Jewish duty inspector Solomon Lindo. During her long life of struggle, she does what she can to free herself and others from slavery, including learning to read and teaching others to, and befriending anyone who can help her, black or white. Hill handles the pacing and tension masterfully, particularly during the beginnings of the American revolution, when the British promise to free Blacks who fight for the British: Aminata's related, eventful travels to Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone follow. In depicting a woman who survives history's most trying conditions through force of intelligence and personality, Hill's book is a harrowing, breathtaking tour de force. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Library Journal, July 2007
Publishers Weekly, September 2007
Booklist, October 2007
Library Journal, October 2007
Chicago Tribune, February 2008
School Library Journal, March 2008
New York Times Full Text Review, October 2009
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