by Esi Edugyan
George Washington Black is an eleven-year old field slave on a sugar plantation in Barbados in 1830. He has no parents and no prospects for a life of anything except endless labor and brutality. He is chosen by his owner’s brother as his manservant. Christopher Wilde is an eccentric man,a naturalist,an explorer,an inventor and a man who believes in the abolition of slavery. His life begins to change and Washington Black begins to hope for the possibility of a life with meaning and dignity. But,with the death of a man,everything changes and Christopher and Washington Black are forced to flee to save Washington’s life. Their escape takes them on an extraordinary journey that changes Washington Black’s life once again. This book was a fascinating look into slavery and the meaning of freedom.