The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride. The author of The Color of Water trails abolitionist revolutionary John Brown in this exploration of heroism and consequences. The tale is told through the eyes of a young slave, Onion, who assumes the role of girl and boy in search for his own social, sexual and political identity in the shadow of figures like Harriet Tubman and John Brown. The novel is a meditation on fanaticism and idealism, passion and meaningful action, rolled into an adventure story.
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