This 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning novel is a fictional tale that reads almost like a clinical historical account of American slavery and racial injustice. The writing is solid, but the overall style is cold and impersonal, leaving very little room for character development. Worse yet, the story structure jumps around between narrative and character backstory, making the plot hard to follow at times. Still, I enjoyed the history lesson if not the actual narrative. Personally, I recommend reading Lawrence Hill's similarly focused *The Book of Negroes* instead.

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