The Good Lord Bird

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Riverhead Books, 2013 - Fiction - 417 pages
2 Reviews
Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Shreiber and Jaden Smith

A Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year

Winner of the Morning News Tournament of Champions

?A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride.” ?cover review of The New York Times Book Review

?Outrageously entertaining.” ?USA Today
?James McBride delivers another tour de force” ?Essence
?So imaginative, you'll race to the finish.” ?NPR.org
?Wildly entertaining.”?4-star People lead review
"A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel.” ? Washington Post

From the bestselling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown's antislavery crusade?and who must pass as a girl to survive.


Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry's master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town?with Brown, who believes he's a girl.

Over the ensuing months, Henry?whom Brown nicknames Little Onion?conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859?one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride's meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.
 

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User Review  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

This won the 2013 National Book Award for fiction in 2013. It is the 55th such winner I have read. It tells the story of Henry Shackleford, a 12-year-old slave boy who gets involved with John Brown in ... Read full review

The Good Lord Bird

User Review  - Heather Malcolm - Book Verdict

McBride's (The Color of Water) new novel is dedicated to "Ma and Jade, who loved a good whopper," and this book is that, indeed. Among other things, McBride takes outrageous liberties with his ... Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
1
FREE DEEDS Kansas
5
Meet the Lord
7
The Good Lord Bird
21
The Old Mans Army
34
Massacre
42
Nigger Bob
54
Prisoner Again
66
Busting Out
188
LEGEND Virginia 17 Rolling into History
201
Meeting a Great Man
218
Smelling Like Bear
229
Rousing the Hive
242
The Plan
254
The Spy
273
The Word
290

Black Jack
76
A Bad Omen
95
A Sign from God
106
SLAVE DEEDS Missouri
115
A Real Gunslinger
117
Pie
128
Sibonia
145
Insurrection
155
A Terrible Discovery
167
Squeezed
176
The Rail Man
299
Annie
310
The Things Heaven Sent
325
Escape
333
Attack
348
A Bowl of Confusion
356
UnHiving the Bees
372
Last Stand
386
Getting Gone 3 96
396
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James McBride is an accomplished musician and author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, the #1 bestselling American classic The Color of Water, and the bestsellers Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, which was turned into a film by Spike Lee. He is also the author of Kill 'Em and Leave, a James Brown biography. McBride is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.

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