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Someone Knows My Name: A Novel - Lawrence Hill
Someone Knows My Name: A Novel
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"Wonderfully written...as in the slave narratives that inspired it, language is power."—Nancy Kline, New York Times Book ReviewKidnapped as a child from Africa, Aminata Diallo is enslaved in South Carolina but escapes during the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan she becomes a... show more
"Wonderfully written...as in the slave narratives that inspired it, language is power."—Nancy Kline, New York Times Book ReviewKidnapped as a child from Africa, 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 freedom in Nova Scotia. But the hardship and prejudice there 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. Reading group guide included.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780393333091 (0393333094)
ASIN: 0393333094
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 486
Edition language: English
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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady rated it
4.5 Someone Knows My Name, by Lawrence Hill
This fine historical novel is the tale of Aminata Diallo. In her old age, about to testify on the true conditions of slavery before the British Parliament, she recalls her life. Her parents, whom she had not seen since the age of 11. Her kidnapping and enslavement. Her endurance of the slave shi...
Bashara Likes Books
Bashara Likes Books rated it
4.5 Someone Knows My Name
Published in Canada as The Book of Negroes, this novel relates the story of Aminata Diallo –kidnapped at age eleven from interior Africa and brought to America as a slave. What follows is brutal and devastating story, but not one that lacks hope or humanity. I particularly loved the emphasis on na...
Lillie Loves to Read
Lillie Loves to Read rated it
5.0
Fabulous book!
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