The first half of her story takes the shape of her contemporary Olaudah Equiano’s classic slave narrative: childhood, capture, transport to America, education, escape, each stage populated by vivid characters and rendered in fascinating detail. Beyond the horrors of slavery, we learn how indigo was produced in South Carolina during the years leading up to the American Revolution; and in the second half of the novel, which recounts Aminata’s life after slavery, we are told of the history of “Black Loyalists” who worked for the British during the Revolution and were evacuated from the former colonies after the war.


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