Someone Knows My Name: A Novel - Lawrence Hill

Someone Knows My Name: A Novel

Someone Knows My Name: A Novel By Lawrence Hill

  • Genre: Historical
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Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. "Wonderfully written...populated by vivid characters and rendered in fascinating detail." —Nancy Kline, New York Times Book Review

Kidnapped from Africa as a child, Aminata Diallo is enslaved in South Carolina but escapes during the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan she becomes a scribe for the British, recording the names of blacks who have served the King and earned their freedom in Nova Scotia. But the hardship and prejudice of the new colony prompt her to follow her heart back to Africa, then on to London, where she bears witness to the injustices of slavery and its toll on her life and a whole people. It is a story that no listener, and no reader, will ever forget.

Published in Canada as The Book of Negroes and the basis for the award-winning BET miniseries of the same name.

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  • Beautifully told

    5
    By HolyGhost60
    I enjoyed this book very much. The story grabbed my interest from the first page. Mr. Hill's writing style weaves the reader into the story and leaves them entangled in the web of events. Truly enjoyed it and the opportunity to learn more.
  • Someone Knows My Name

    5
    By Janniek2
    This book was riveting from the beginning. I couldn't put it down. From the first page to the last, it gives stark insight into the horrors of the slave trade. The words jump off the page and the heartbreaking trials and tribulations of Meena and other slaves wrenches one's gut. This is a must read!
  • Captivating

    5
    By A. His Story
    From the beginning your are engrossed. Not much is written on tribal life in Africa prior to abductions. This story has the reader totally involved in the plot and reading to know Meena's next journey.
  • Fascinating

    4
    By Indongirl
    As my husband originated from African descendants, I have really enjoyed reading this story of Aminata D. A great book. We live on the island of Curacao in the Caribbean.
  • What a book!

    5
    By Scaup
    Captivating, intelligent and engaging....didn't want it to end.
  • What a story!

    5
    By northernjill
    This book was captivating. The details...everything about it was incredible. I just loved it.
  • Someone knows my name

    4
    By scoots50
    Great Book!!
  • A must read

    5
    By Farao250
    A spellbinding story of the live of a young woman ,stolen from her village as a young girl and sold as a slave.it is wriiten in a way that keeps you glued to the pages.
  • Someone knows My Name

    5
    By Thelma Melk
    A remarkable read, rich and lavishly descriptive. The book is alive with geographical descriptions that transport you to a time that we all can only go to in our minds. Deeply moving, emotional and you are almost sad that it's a work of fiction. You can't put it down and you almost do not want it to end. It puts a human face to slavery and makes you think. Brilliant book.
  • Someone Knows My Name

    5
    By Snapmamajesus
    Just finished reading Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill. What a great story about the journey of a young African Muslim girl who was captured and forced into slavery in the 1700s. Many of us believe that the history of our people started when we reached these shores; however, this book gives a glimpse of how we were resourceful, learned, and successfully communal. It even refers to Timbuktu! I think this should be required reading by all high school students. Happy reading!

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