Someone Knows My Name
Kidnapped from Africa as a child, Aminata Diallo is enslaved in South Carolina but escapes during the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan she becomes a scribe for the British, recording the names of blacks who have served the King and earned their freedom in Nova Scotia. But the hardship and prejudice of the new colony prompt her to follow her heart back to Africa, then on to London, where she bears witness to the injustices of slavery and its toll on her life and a whole people. It is a story that no listener, and no reader, will ever forget.
Published in Canada as The Book of Negroes and the basis for the award-winning BET miniseries of the same name.
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Lawrence Hill's hugely impressive historical work is completely engrossing and deserves a wide, international readership.--Delia Jarrett-Macauley
Stunning, wrenching and inspiring.... Hill handles the pacing and tension masterfully... [his] book is a harrowing, breathing tour de force.
With grace and compassion, Hill populates true and harrowing experience with an authentic hero--just as good historical fiction requires.--Jennifer Berman
Hill's depiction of [Aminata's] journey to freedom is a powerful tale of pride and perseverance.--Sara Nelson