The Good Lord Bird
A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride.” cover review of The New York Times Book Review Outrageously entertaining.” USA Today James McBride delivers another tour de force” Essence So imaginative, you’ll race to the finish.” NPR.org Wildly... show more
A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride.” cover review of The New York Times Book Review Outrageously entertaining.” USA Today James McBride delivers another tour de force” Essence So imaginative, you’ll race to the finish.” NPR.org Wildly entertaining.”4-star People lead review "A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel.” Washington Post From the bestselling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusadeand who must pass as a girl to survive. Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave townwith Brown, who believes he’s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henrywhom Brown nicknames Little Onionconceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859one of the great catalysts for the Civil War. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.
Publish date: August 20th 2013
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, African American
, American History
, Military History
, Civil War
James McBride's novel has been described as a modern day Mark Twain, but I would say he accomplished more than Twain by taking on both the heavy subjects of treatment of blacks as well as treatment of women. It's a perfect blend of history, humor, adventure, and tenderness. Reading it was like peeli...
I loved James McBride's THE COLOR OF WATER, his memoir in which he explored his multi-racial roots and channeled the voice of his Jewish mother. I recommend it highly. It was inventive, moving and well-written. So I expected a lot from this novel, especially since it won the National Book Award in...
This is really an odd, but creative, little story. I would be lying if I said I understood all of it. This is the story of Henry Shackleford and how he came to be acquainted with John Brown, the abolitionist. It is narrated by Henry, who spent several years dressed as a female, with a different iden...
Written by: James McBride, Copyrighted in 2013 Published By: Riverhead Books, (Hardback) “I was born a colored man and don’t you forget it. But I lived as a colored woman for seventeen years.” The Good Lord Bird is written in three parts Free Deeds (Kansas), Slave Deeds (Missouri), and Legen...
FIRST BOOK FOR 2014 Date Started: January 2, 2014 | Date Finished: January 7, 2014 First lines: I was born a colored man and don't you forget it. But I lived as a colored woman for seventeen years. Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction | A Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Opra...