The Good Lord Bird

A Novel

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Publisher Description

Now a Showtime limited series starring Ethan Hawke and Daveed Diggs

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction

From the bestselling author of Deacon King Kong (an Oprah Book Club pick) and The Color of Water comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive.


Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1856--a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces--when legendary abolitionist John Brown arrives. When an argument between Brown and Henry's master turns violent, Henry is forced to leave town--along with Brown, who believes Henry to be a girl and his good luck charm.

Over the ensuing months, Henry, whom Brown nicknames Little Onion, conceals his true identity to stay alive. Eventually Brown sweeps him into the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859--one of the great catalysts for the Civil War. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride's meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2013
August 20
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
432
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2.7
MB

Customer Reviews

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prhang ,

Good Lord, what a book

This is one book I hated to see end. If you like historical fiction and a fast plot, then it’s a must read. The book is stuffed full of true history and written in the style of the times. Masterful writing, i can’t imagine how it was even researched. People forget about John Brown, he’s just a footnote to most. But after reading this book, and thinking about African American history, the truth rings through. I’m tempted to reread it right away.

Suwatson ,

Rooting for Old John Brown

So much hope for humanity wrapped up in this lovely story. Written in such a way that it’s impossible not to root for Old John Brown, even though history tells of his ending. Loved how Onion felt like a coward but was, indeed, a hero.

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