I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Written by James McBride, author of the widely appreciated The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother, this historical fiction won the National Book Award. Narrated by an adolescent boy disguised as girl who travels with the infamous John Brown, it is picaresque, a coming of age novel, a companion piece to Huck Finn.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the handsy Frederick Douglas and the beloved and eminent Harriet Tubman. It made me want to read biographies of both of those giant historical figures.
And I do love a good award story that features an unsuspecting and surprised winner.