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Washington Black
Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, nervousness and fear run high. Washington Black - an eleven year-old field slave who has known no other life - is aghast to find himself selected as personal servant to one of these men. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde - naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist - whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him. Through Wilde, Washington is initiated into a world of wonder: a world where the night sea viewed from a hilltop shivers with light; where a simple cloth canopy can propel a man across the sky; where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning. Then, on a disastrous voyage of escape, Wilde disappears. Washington is forced to make his way back to the civilized world alone. One day, however, a man appears in the doorway of his new life, making claims of the past. Is this truly the long-lost Wilde? If so, what are the real motives for his return? And is it possible that his resurrection will destroy everything? Based on an infamous 19th century criminal case, Washington Black tells the story of a world destroyed and made whole again, where certainty seems unattainable, and men must remain strangers even to themselves.
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Erynecki
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Washington Black took me completely by surprise, in a good way! A “memoir” of George Washington Black, starts when he‘s an 11 year old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation and tells of his remarkable journey. A page turner in part because the pacing is so darn perfect but also because the writing is lush and magical. A multilayered book that I‘ll definitely be thinking about for awhile.

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BookNAround
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Book club here tonight. High school German Club Oktoberfest here last night. I did manage to finish the book in between all the cooking and cleaning. Book club is extra lucky I didn‘t just penny the leftover brats and call it good (although they are getting the leftover German chocolate cupcakes).

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alisonrose
Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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A great example of why, if a synopsis sounds interesting to you, even if you see so-so or negative reviews, go ahead & read the damn book! Saw many ppl say this fell apart in the 2nd half or so, but I didn‘t feel that way at all. I quite enjoyed the whole story. Wash is a well-written character; Edugyan nailed his narrative voice. The adventures were just the right mix of realistic & bizarre. Ending fell a bit flat but overall it was great. 4/5 ⭐️

Sace Honestly I try not to let reviews/ratings sway me. If it sounds good, then I read it. I've been burned more often by books everyone raves about. 1mo
alisonrose @Sace Same! Sometimes if I‘m seeing a lot of people with the same complaints, that might give me pause, but in this case it was less definitive and I‘m glad I gave it a chance! 1mo
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alisonrose
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I had long seen science as the great equalizer. No matter one‘s race, or sex, or faith—there were facts in the world waiting to be discovered. How little thought I‘d given to the ways in which it might be corrupted.

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alisonrose
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alisonrose
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“You are welcome, of course, to choose your own path, but in doing so ask yourself what is just. Look at the truth of this matter, and ask yourself what is rightful.”

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alisonrose
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The main thing I‘ve heard about this book in reviews is that the first half is wonderful and the second half gets messy and incongruous and confusing. But it has a super intriguing synopsis and a 4.01 average rating on Goodreads, so I‘m gonna take the chance and see where I end up. #nowreading

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Cinfhen
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#SoaringScores This wasn‘t an easy prompt but the cover of tagged book gave me #TheSkyeBoatSong vibes. I found this story really whimsical and stirring. I loved it, even though many of my Litsy friends were not as enamored 🤨

CrowCAH I see the airborn boat! 👍🏻 1mo
Becker For the record, I was enamoured 😍 1mo
TracyReadsBooks I really liked this book and have recommended it to lots of friends. 1mo
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Cinfhen You both have marvelous taste in books @TracyReadsBooks @Becker 😁 1mo
TrishB It‘s still on my pile! 1mo
Cinfhen I think you might NOT fall in the enamored group @TrishB 😜but you surprise me sometimes 😘 1mo
Reviewsbylola Perfect cover for this prompt! 1mo
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Seshat
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I really was loving this book, up until the very end. I'm afraid the ending kind of ruined it for me.

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BlueMonday42
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Reminiscent of Colson Whitehead‘s “Underground Railroad” while also being its own thing entirely, this was nothing short of an adventure. It‘s a meditation on the very nature of freedom, the effects of cruelty, and the capacity for brilliance in everyone. It‘s my favorite book so far this year.

cjk Well said! 2mo
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TheLibrarian
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This week‘s #bookmail

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HeatherBookNerd
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I loved this book. The ending didn't quite live up to its initial promise, but still one of the best books I‘ve read this year. The prose is gorgeous - the vivid imagery, the perfect dialogue, the way Edugyan captures the awe of the natural world. Part coming-of-age story, part travel adventure, it was a pleasure to follow Wash's journey and lean in to all the conflicting questions he has about his identity and his place in the world.

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Seshat
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This is really good so far.

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Caroline2
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Day 6 #7days7covers #covercrush and I still need to read this one too!!! 🤦‍♀️

Cathythoughts Great cover 👍🏻. I have it & havnt read it either 2mo
CoffeeCatsBooks Oh, I 💕 that cover too! 2mo
BiblioLitten 😍 2mo
Tanisha_A I love this cover. 2mo
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AmyG
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Cinfhen Oh wow!!! Never saw this edition. Cool!!! 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve never seen this either 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Marina_h Wow, Great cover 😍 2mo
AmyG @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts @Marina_h I saw this on here and loved it. The cover with the hot air balloon was nothing special. 2mo
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Rachel_nyc
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#7days7covers No explanation. #covercrush It seems so many people are already participating, how about you @Liz_M would you care to share your fave covers?

BarbaraBB Oh yes, this is a good one too! Even though I didn‘t like the book much! Are you in, @Liz_M ? I hope so! I was going to to tag you too! 2mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I loved the beginning of this one but it did fall apart about halfway through. I adore this cover though! 2mo
BarbaraBB Me too! Now that I take a closer look at the cover I realize my copy is missing the green om the cover. I think it‘s gold all over. Must look it up! 2mo
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LeahBergen This is a great cover 👍🏻 2mo
Rachel_nyc @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I think this is the UK cover. I haven‘t seen it in any bookstores in the US and even though I didn‘t live the book, I love the cover enough that I‘ll def buy it if I come across it. 2mo
BarbaraBB I always buy the UK editions but mine is not so gorgeous! Lucky you! 2mo
Cinfhen Forgot about this gorgeous cover ♥️and I LOVED the WHOLE book 2mo
Rachel_nyc @Cinfhen Have you read by the same author? I recommend it. 2mo
Cinfhen Own it, haven‘t read it yet!! But thanks for the reminder XX 2mo
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GinEyre22
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August's Reading stats

Bookwormjillk Nice! 3mo
rather_be_reading wow 👏👏 3mo
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GinEyre22
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September's TBR and Read planner bookshelves

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ReadosaurusText
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Well-written, well-paced, and well-imagined, this book was incredible. There were many passages that were just so beautifully written that I would go back and reread them.

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RenePenn
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While the ending of this book left me saying hmm, I thought it was a great read. Parts of the book were fantastic. Other parts seemed to drag along. It reminds me that life is messy. Things aren‘t usually tied up in a nice tidy bow. Peoples choices carry consequences for themselves and the people they wrong. Endings aren‘t always what we chase after. But in all the messiness of life we can still find purpose and love.

britt_brooke Cute pup! 💚🐾 3mo
RenePenn @britt_brooke Thank you! She‘s our baby! 💕 3mo
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ReadosaurusText
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Loving this love of paper on p. 46! 📜

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ReadosaurusText
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Next up! I‘ve been looking forward to reading this for awhile. #tbr #saturdayreading

AmyG Loved this book. Enjoy. 3mo
juliegumdrop This is very good and I love the cover of your edition. 3mo
ReadosaurusText @AmyG It is so compelling! I couldn‘t wait to wake up this morning and read more. 3mo
ReadosaurusText @juliegumdrop I didn‘t realize there were different covers when I bought the book, and I do really like it. So adventure-y! 3mo
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bedandabook
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Staying at my mum‘s for a few days which means one thing amongst others: extra reading time! Thoroughly enjoying this enthralling tale of slavery, freedom and friendship.

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TheEllieMo
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This book didn‘t turn out to be anything like I expected it to be, but it was certainly an #Adventure for young George Washington Black.

#LetsTravelAugust
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚 3mo
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erinreads
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I have the day off because I‘m officially an adult who has to wait home for the tree guy to come, so I‘m excited to get a lot of reading in today. Started this last night and it sucked me right in, so that‘s always a good sign.

AmyG Such a good book. 4mo
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RenePenn
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I started this book yesterday. I haven‘t had much free time to read but i am in a few chapters and I‘m liking it so far. I am hoping to a few hours this weekend to really get into it!

AmyG Great book. 4mo
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bernadette
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This started out as what I thought would be a slave narrative then took a turn into an adventure yarn and then I'm not sure what to make of the ending. I liked the book all the way through the Arctic and liked the writing but I didn't find the second half quite as compelling. The ending was a little unsatisfying and ambiguous but the trip to get there was pretty good.

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cjk
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Traci1
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This was a charming book. I think the first half was stronger than the second, but overall it was very enjoyable.
⭐⭐⭐⭐

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bernadette
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100 pages in. It's looking like it will take a turn towards steam punk and the fantastical but it hasn't gotten there yet (perhaps it won't). I've enjoyed what I read but I'm ready for the story to pick up the pace a little faster now.

bernadette The cloud cutter made me wonder but this was most definitely not a steampunk. 4mo
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thereadingowlvina
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CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽 4mo
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amyrohn
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Doing some reading in Central Park this afternoon! Loving this one so far.

MrBook I have that book 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! My #NYC bookclubs are meeting in Central Park next month, if you‘d like to join ☺️. Across from the Museum of Natural History. 4mo
squirrelbrain Not jealous at all 😁👍 4mo
amyrohn @MrBook that sounds lovely! 4mo
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Nute
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July 1st - Happy National Day of Canada.🇨🇦 I celebrate this day in the literary world with acknowledgement and thanks for many favorite Canadian novelists. A new presence on that list is Esi Edugyan who has won the Giller Prize for Fiction twice and been long-listed and short-listed for the Booker Prize. Her novels are The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, Half-Blood Blues and Washington Black.
#LetsTravelJuly

AmyG Washington Black was so good. 5mo
xicanti Love her work. She‘s a great speaker, too. 5mo
Lindy Yay! Esi Edugyan is a star. 🇨🇦 5mo
OriginalCyn620 😊🇨🇦❤️ 5mo
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Becker
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A bit of science, a bit of mystery, a bit of history and a bit of adventure. 🗺

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bookandcat
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Mehso-so

Forgot to post this before! Second time through with Washington Black, this time for #lmpbc - the writing is at times lyrical and wonderfully, powerfully descriptive, but the plot threads get dropped and tangled and the mid-to-ending falls flat. My star rating dropped during my reread. However, I'd try something else by Esi Edugyan again.
@Schlinkles @TsundokuAleax
Mailing this out with the next book tomorrow!

TsundokuAleax I am glad that we seem to agree on this one. I wanted the story to be as good as the language so much that it was a bit of a let down. 5mo
bookandcat @TsundokuAleax yeah auth author just lost the plot I think :-/ 5mo
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LibrarianRyan
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The US version of this book has a very #uglycover compared to the UK version.

#30JuneBooks. @howjessreads

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Tashreads
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Books and kokodama. Guess who went to a workshop on the weekend? 😂😂😂

BooknerdsLife OMG! They are so cute! 😂😂🌱🌿 Didn‘t know you can put plant in those! And I love your gorgeous books! 😍💚 5mo
Tashreads @BooknerdsLife thank you 😊 I had so much fun making them! 5mo
julesG So cute!!! Now I have to find out how to do this. 5mo
marleed So gorgeous- books and plants! 5mo
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cariashley
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Today‘s reading spot is my building‘s roof deck, overlooking downtown Manhattan 😎☀️ Need to finish this book before my work book club meeting this week!

AlaMich Nice view! 5mo
cariashley @AlaMich I know, I need to utilize it more! 5mo
stacybmartin What a beautiful view! 😍 5mo
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Jillsmith
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This was hard to read in some parts, but a really good book!

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cariashley
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Starting this one today for my work book club! #vineyardreads

Mitch Gorgeous reading spot. I have this on my shelf and must get it near to the top of the TBR soon! 6mo
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Kathrin
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Almost finished the book on my #audiowalk with #dogsoflitsy today.

This was a compelling story spanning half the world that thoroughly engaged and entertained me.

Crazeedi Sweet puppy!!🐶❤ 6mo
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ReadosaurusText
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I loved seeing #tenonmytbr from @hes7 so here is mine! Definitely needed to remember #roygbiv to organize this stack. #readingrainbow 🌈

emz711 Omg fifth season! Do it! 6mo
hes7 So pretty! I keep forgetting that Crossing to Safety is on my TBR, too. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 6mo
ReadosaurusText @emz711 I seriously can‘t believe I haven‘t read it yet. I keep getting distracted by library holds becoming available! 6mo
ReadosaurusText @hes7 I just recently found a pristine used copy at a bookstore after a very strong recommendation! 🤗 6mo
RealBooks4ever Pretty rainbow! 🌈 6mo
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VictoriaB
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George Washington Black starts his life as a slave on a plantation in Barbados. He catches the interest of the plantation owner‘s brother and joins him on his scientific research journeys. Absolutely beautiful writing, and much to think about on the “white rescuer” attitude and the nature of true freedom. But I just didn‘t get hooked into the story like I so usually do, and the ending was more of just a stopping. Falls between a so-so and a pick.

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razmanda
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Hmmm. I‘m not sure how I feel about this one. I can see why others enjoyed it but it wasn‘t for me. The ending felt unfinished and while I don‘t mind an open-for-interpretation fade-out, this felt more frustrating than anything. It‘s a hell of a journey but without payoff or resolution, I don‘t quite understand what the point was. That said, it‘s beautifully written. So. Yeah. Like I said, don‘t really know how I feel about this one.

DefLeppard Me too, I am giving it a so so too. Loved it up until the last page and it was like, what the hell?? What happens next. 😔 6mo
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TsundokuAleax
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This was an interesting story that I wanted to like far more than I did. There were some interesting plot points and detours in Wash's story but overall it was an eh ready for me. The language is amazing and beautiful. It made up for the meandering tendency of the story and kept me engaged far longer than the actual story did. #lmpbc @Schlinkles @bookandcat

Schlinkles @TsundokuAleax I completely agree with all of that! 6mo
TsundokuAleax @bookandcat @Schlinkles sorry this one took me so long. The adjustment to the next job was much more difficult than I anticipated. On the plus side, I do think I am finding my rhythm with life and should be doing better from here on out 6mo
Schlinkles @TsundokuAleax I‘m getting ready to move and go out of town for work, so I‘ll be slower this time too. No worries! 6mo
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bookandcat @TsundokuAleax no worries, I've already read this one so I'll make some notes but am gonna be mostly scanning probably! Hope you're liking your new job! @schlinkles if you are moving do please send us your address that I should mail books to - good luck with your move! :-) 6mo
Schlinkles @bookandcat Will do! 6mo
TsundokuAleax @bookandcat @Schlinkles It is going but I don't think it is a good fit. I may need to start searching again and soon. Not looking forward to getting back on that horse. 6mo
bookandcat @TsundokuAleax good luck - job searching is the absolute suck. but it's worth it if it helps you get into a job you enjoy and feel fulfilled in. 6mo
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JSW
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Fantastic. Excellent. So complex and well-told. Would make a great book club pick - so many things to discuss! 📚👥❤️

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JSW
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Devastating in its clarity and truth.

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Angitron
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Edugyan can write! Loved this one. The story revolves around Wash, a boy born into slavery in Barbados. He‘s taken under the wing of an English scientist, and from there we follow Wash as he travels around the globe, ultimately seeking a wholeness he realizes is missing. There‘s a tinge of magical realism to the story, giving it the feeling of an adult fairy tale, and I found it hard to put down.

AmyG I loved this, too. 7mo
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