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Lawrence Hill was born in Ontario, Canada of a black father and a white mother. He is
the author of a memoir, Black Berry, Sweet Juice, a work of non-fiction, The Deserter’s
Tale, and two other novels. His third novel, The Book of Negroes (published in the US as
Somebody Knows My Name) was a no.1 bestseller in Canada, and won the 2008
Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book.
A hard-to-put-down, excellent read of slavery, harrowing but full of love and hope. The characters are very real and the writing is gripping. Based on fact, the actual document of ‘The Book of Negroes’, which is a list of all those who were taken by the British from America to Canada. This is the story of one such, Aminata, an intelligent, brave woman of immense strength and determination who follows her dream, whatever happens, to return to Africa. It won the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. It is an epic, sweeping, magnificent tale, not to be missed. Comparison: Andrea Levy, Toni Morrison, Khaled Hosseini.
Keita Ali is an elite runner living in Zantoroland, a poor, fictional island that is erupting in political violence. When his father, a journalist, is murdered, Keita escapes to the wealthy nation of Freedom State-an imagined country much like our own. A stateless refugee without documentation, Keita must hide from the authorities even as he races marathons to support himself and ransom his sister who has been kidnapped. This tension-filled novel by the best-selling author of Someone Knows My Name is an astute exploration of dislocation, starting all over again, and the desperate need for home and community.
Aminata Diallo (an amazing literary creation, Literary Review of Canada) is the beguiling heroine of Lawrence Hills SOMEONE KNOWS MY NAME. In it, Hill exquisitely imagines the tale of an eighteenth-century womans life, spanning six decades and three continents. The fascinating story that Hill tells is a work of the soul and the imagination. Aminata is a character who will stir listeners, from her kidnapping from Africa through her journeys back and forth across the ocean.Enslaved on a South Carolina plantation, Aminata works in the indigo fields and as a midwife. When she is bought by an entrepreneur from Charleston, she is torn from friends and family. The chaos of the Revolutionary War allows her to escape. In British-held Manhattan, she helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for wartime service to the King with safe passage to Nova Scotia. During her travels in Canada, Sierra Leone, and England, Aminata strives for her freedom and that of her peopleeven when it comes at a price.In this captivating novel, Hill portrays one womans remarkable spirit and strength in the face of adversity, and he brings to life crucial and little-known chapters in world history.
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