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Sweetsmoke by David Fuller
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Jul 18, 2010

it was amazing
Read in July, 2010

I thought this would be another slave narrative, but the protagonist,a smart and rather cocky slave named Cassius, is perceptive, and the story, which allows him to interact not only with the white slave holders who own him, but with others as he journeys north, is structured to allow us to see the relationship of different classes of people to slaves. A minimal mystery--who killed the woman who saved his life--creates tension but more importantly, lets him travel through the south with free blacks and poor whites and to the battle of Sharpsburg, which is well-imagined and one of the best battle scenes I've read. David Fuller is to be commended for this book. I strongly recommend it.
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