The Good Lord Bird; James McBride

Historical fiction account of abolitionist James Brown who led the attack on Harper’s Ferry that spurred the start of the Civil War.  Told from the view point of “Onion”, a 14 year old boy slave who ends up dressing up as a girl during his years with Brown.  The novel was the 2013 winner of the National Book Award for fiction and on many top 10 lists for the year.  While I found it a bit lengthy and hard to get through at times, it is very original, well written and a good read.

PJH Rating: ****

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