Someone Knows My Name – Lawrence Hill 9★
Breathtaking, heartbreaking, unsentimental, unsparing.
Enter a nearly inconceivable world where one group of people strips another of its very humanity then employs mental gymnastics to “justify” it while preserving a careful identity of superiority, morality, godliness. It’s psychological distortion that can be seen to this day – overtly in countries where slavery and genocide continue, and with a sly subtlety elsewhere.
Spanning the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the novel paints a deeply realized portrait of a single woman as she navigates (survives) an unimaginable journey—one of 13 million. The protagonist travels from a village in West Africa to a slave ship across the Atlantic to the southern U.S., Manhattan, Canada, and back.
This book left an imprint that lingered behind my daily thoughts for weeks. Now, months later, it continues to find its way into random conversations. Fantastic.
Why I’m not allowed my book title
Lawrence Hill on changing the novel’s title from Book of Negroes for American readers
Article on Book of Negroes CBC miniseries
The Aminata Fund of Crossroads International honors the resourceful and resilient spirit of the fictional Aminata and enables vital programs that assist today’s African women and girls to achieve autonomy and reach their potential.