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Someone Knows My Name (Paperback)

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I am fascinated by books that deal with slavery, and have read widely in the genre, but this is one of the most far-reaching, thorough, and beautiful books I have read to date. Ambitious in scope, this novel successfully brings to life oft-overlooked facets of the slave trade, Black Loyalists, and their various migrations across continents and cultures. It also features some of the most deftly drawn female characters I've seen. Its gripping prose makes for an emotional but wholly rewarding read.

— From Julie


Kidnapped from Africa as a child, Aminata Diallo is enslaved in South Carolina but escapes during the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan she becomes a scribe for the British, recording the names of blacks who have served the King and earned their freedom in Nova Scotia. But the hardship and prejudice of the new colony prompt her to follow her heart back to Africa, then on to London, where she bears witness to the injustices of slavery and its toll on her life and a whole people. It is a story that no listener, and no reader, will ever forget.

Published in Canada as The Book of Negroes and the basis for the award-winning BET miniseries of the same name.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393333091
ISBN-10: 0393333094
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 1st, 2008
Pages: 486
Language: English