African American loyalists, antislavery movements, blacks, Book of Negroes, Great Britain, Middle Passage, Nova Scotia, Revolutionary War, Sierra Leone, slavery
Many of us have been exposed to slave narratives from the Civil War era. How about this one set during Revolutionary days? Aminata Diallo is 6 years old when the traders take her from somewhere in Sierra Leone to the south in America. Eventually she finds her way to New York, is befriended and befriends the British. After the War of Independence, she is sent by the British to New Zealand and finally to the UK where she speaks for the Abolitionists. All my instincts wanted to shout to her not to return to her Africa – her life time dream. Not to be missed, this author gorgeously celebrates the resilience of one profound human being in the midst of a tumultuous and terribly unkind time in history.
“I found myself surprised on occasion to catch sight of Mr. Hill’s name on the cover…. He had me believing that this tale came not from the imagination and research of a 21st-century male author, but from the experience of an 18th-century African woman.” (Kim Lundstrom – Real Change)
“An inspirational novel of imaginative excellence and captivating power…. Every step of the way, Lawrence Hill offers readers a vivid portrayal of the emotional landscape that brings Aminata’s tale to life. I highly recommend reading this poignant book.” (Charles Shea LeMone – Roanoke Times)
“Astonishing in scope, humanity and beauty, this is one of those very rare novels in which the deep joy of reading transcends its time and place. Like ?To Kill a Mockingbird?, ?Someone Knows My Name? lets readers experience a life, one footstep at a time, beside an unforgettable protagonist.” (Eileen Charbonneau – Historical Novels Review)