The Man Booker Prize-longlisted novel about a boy who rises from slavery to become a free man of the world, from the award-winning author of Half-Blood Blues.
An eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, George Washington Black, or Wash, is terrified to be chosen as the manservant to his master's brother. But to his surprise, 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 the former even farther across the globe in search of his true self. Spanning the cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, London to Morocco, Washington Black tells a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, and of a world destroyed and made whole again.
Publication History: Knopf HC, September 2018 Penguin: Penguin Books Spring 2019
Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage, April 2019
Product Dimensions: 8 L × 5.2 W × 0.9 H
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