The most provocative debut novel of the year, "a dizzying satire" (The New Yorker) that "boldly turns history on its head" (Elle).
What if the history of the transatlantic slave trade had been reversed and Africans had enslaved Europeans? How would that have changed the ways that people justified their inhuman behavior? How would it inform our cultural attitudes and the insidious racism that still lingers today? We see this tragicomic world turned upside down through the eyes of Doris, an Englishwoman enslaved and taken to the New World, movingly recounting experiences of tremendous hardship and the dreams of the people she has left behind, all while journeying toward an escape into freedom.
A poignant and dramatic story grounded in provocative ideas, Blonde Roots is a genuinely original, profoundly imaginative novel.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Erica_W - LibraryThing
An enjoyable thought experiment! Evaristo questions "what if the Africans enslaved the Europeans?" It is a little confusing about when this was supposed to take place, and I find some of the parallels ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lkrier - LibraryThing
In Evaristo's intriguing novel, the transatlantic slave trade is re-imagined in reverse: Africa has colonized and enslaved Europe and the development of the New World is largely an African endeavor ... Read full review
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