It is the time of year when lists and awards are published for the outstanding books of the year 2018. Washington Black on the following lists is one that caught this reviewers attention.
• Top Ten Book of the Year: New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Slate
• One of the Best Books of the Year: Boston Globe, NPR, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Economist, Bustle
• Winner of the Scotiabank Biller Prize
• Finalist for the Man Booker Prize, The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, The Rogers Writers' Trust Prize
Washington Black is an eleven year old field slave, no mother, no father and surrounded by cruelty. It was difficult to keep reading but it was so well worth it. An engrossing story of how Christopher Wilde or Titch; a naturalist, scientist, abolitionist, and the inventor of a flying machine recognizes in Washington, a slave on his brother's sugar cane field, is someone who can help him with his invention. It seems that all will work out but... This reviewer highly recommends reading this historical fiction work to find out about true freedom.
Canadian author; Esi Edugyan has published several other well received books and the following is found at her publisher's website: "she is the author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize. In 2014, she published her first book of non-fiction, Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.