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Review: “Blonde Roots” by Bernardine Evaristo

January 10, 2009

Well, I just finished Blonde Roots, a forthcoming novel from Bernardine Evaristo.  I can’t say much about the plot without giving important twists away.  The novel follows the life of a slave in an alternate retelling of history, where “whytes” are enslaved by “blaks” and history as we have been taught it is turned upside down.

The novel comes out at the end of January.  Anyone who likes intriguing narratives or unique perspectives on history will enjoy it, and it provides plenty of food for thought as well as infinite details to pick out and mull over for those of us who like to analyze what we read.

I’ve not read anything like it that I can think of.  Check it out if the idea appeals to you; it’s well written, absorbingly plotted, and full of very real characters.

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