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One of the New York Times Book Review TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 

Eleven-year-old George Washington Black—or Wash—a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen as the manservant of his master’s brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.
But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, they must abandon everything and flee together. Over the course of their travels, what brings Wash and Christopher together will tear them apart, propelling Wash ever farther across the globe in search of his true self. Spanning the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, London to Morocco, Washington Black is a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, and of a world destroyed and made whole again.

One of the Best Books of the Year
The Boston Globe  The Washington Post ● Time ● Entertainment Weekly ● San Francisco Chronicle ● Financial Times ● Minneapolis Star Tribune ● NPR ● The Economist ● Bustle ● The Dallas Morning News ● Slate ● Kirkus Reviews

Fiction & Literature
September 18
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Tro9714 ,

Just read the sample

The Opening reminds me of Albert Camus’s “The stranger”’s opening.

Gbhs2017 ,

Such a great book

I’m so upset about the ending!!! What an amazing book!

Skyler06 ,

Not Quite As Advertised

Although this book received a lot of acclaim, I ended feeling unsatisfied. The book is unique enough for a slave runaway story and has some strong writing, but I never found it to be extremely captivating. There were moments in the development of characters’ relationships that felt unnatural and/or undeveloped. The writer’s inclusion of art appreciation was quite nice and there was thought put into the development of the main character, but yet in still left something to be desired.

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