If you aren't familiar with this title, it was changed to "Someone Knows My Name" for US publication.
Ah, this is more like it! This is what I'm used to: reading about a book a week. Between doing this blog (a fashion entry takes me about 40 minutes from taking the picture to hitting "Publish Post") and having a life, I don't have a huge amount of time to read, but I find that when a book is grooving for me, I make time!
Stats: 470 pages. Started May 24th and finished last night, May 30th.
Blurb: This is a Book Club book (Daisy's pick), and it's the best one I've read in a while! Thank you, Daisy!
This reminded me very much of Alex Haley's "Roots", which I read when I was in my early teens (I still have the hardcover book club edition of my mom's from the 70s), in its tale of one young girl and her journey through a free African, to slave, to free woman again.
The story is well-written and I found myself zooming through it. I did find it somewhat jarring that between 1 and 4 years would be collapsed into a single sentence...just when it was getting interesting! The author did this several times, which mildly irked me. It also just sort of...ended, without a real dramatic resolution, but pretty much when I expected it to end.
I like that this book was well-researched, but not too dry in relaying historical facts. It has just enough "novelization" to make it feel like fiction. I'd recommend this. A good read!