Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
this is the story of aminata diallo, born in africa in 1745. at 11 years old, she is kidnapped from her village and sold into slavery. the book follows aminata from her village to enslavement in south carolina, escape in new york, relocation to nova scotia, and eventually back to africa. along the way she loses much more than her home and family but, by some miracle, survives it all and pursues her dream to return to her homeland. the story is heart-wrenching- you mourn with aminata as she dreams of everything she's lost; it is also unbelievably detailed- there are so many references to actual places and events that it's hard to believe this woman didn't actually exist.
(warning: this one isn't for the weak of heart. it's no light beach read, and it's definitely a far cry from the chelsea handler books i was laughing my head off at recently. read at your own risk... and with a full box of kleenex handy.)
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