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Review: Washington Black
February 16, 2019

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This Giller Prize-winning novel takes the reader and main character on quite a journey. Told in the first-person POV (my personal fav), Washington Black by Esi Edugyan is a coming-of-age story about a black slave named George Washington “Wash” Black, his escape from slavery and his travels and relationships into adulthood.

It is beautifully written. Edugyan’s wordsmithing is exquisite and enviable. The first half of Washington Black is adventure and excitement while the second half is more grown up and reflective. I preferred the adventurous half because it was fun but as Wash grows up and reflects on his past, his fun adventures don’t seem so fun. More superficial.

The book’s major themes come from putting too much faith in your idols rather than having confidence in yourself. It’s a little more “literary fiction” than I usually read but I enjoyed it very much.

The narration by Dion Graham was probably one of the best audiobook reading performances I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to.


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Jillianne has done a fabulous job creating a loveable and down-to-earth heroine in Molly Miranda and followed through with a really strong plotline packed full of twists and turns.
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Hamilton handles the story with a deft touch, balancing action, laugh-out-loud zingers and romance with zippy pacing and a character you can really root for.
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I thought the author's sense of humor was so funny! I found myself giggling out loud.
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