Blonde Roots

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Penguin, Jan 22, 2009 - Fiction - 288 pages
10 Reviews
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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User 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

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User 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

Contents

The Gospel Train
39
It
58
The Middle Passage
76
Oh Little Miracle
95
Book
111
Heart of Grayness
135
The Saving of Souls
145
Book Three
159
Justice Is Served from The Flame
176
A Balm in Gilead
204
In My Masters House
217
Wade in the Water
244
Postscript
267
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Bernardine Evaristo was born in London to a Nigerian father and an English mother. Her first novel, Lara, won the EMMA (Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards) Best Book Award in 1999. A former Poet in Residence at the Museum of London, she won an Arts Council of Britain Writers' Award in 2000.

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