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The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
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The Book of Negroes is a novel that should be sung, rather than read. It is a song of worship, in praise of the taste of an orange, the smell of a newborn; and it is a lament to the horrors we are capable of inflicting on each other, no matter what the colour of our skin. But above all else it is a love song urging us to celebrate our romance with our own dear humanity. "Ba means river," Lawrence Hills' powerful character Aminata writes in The Book of Negroes . "It also means mother." When I finished this novel, I held my children close and cried over them, because this novel was a heartbreaking reminder that they are the river through my life, just as much as I am the river through theirs, and this is a river that will continue to flow long after we are gone. The Book of Negroes is not only a lesson on where we came from, but a warning about the future, a future that, with vigilance, we might avoid. It is a courageous, challenging and beautiful book."

— Gail Anderson-Dargatz,
author of The Cure for Death by Lightning
www.gailanderson-dargatz.ca
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Bonnie I agree with everything you've said in your review, Gail, but I could not have expressed it so beautifully.


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