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Someone Knows My Name

A Novel

Lawrence Hill (Author)


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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • November 2008
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33309-1
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 512 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Hill's depiction of [Aminata's] journey to freedom is a powerful tale of pride and perseverance.” — Sara Nelson,

“A masterpiece, daring and impressive in its geographic, historical and human reach.” — Globe and Mail

“Lawrence Hill's hugely impressive historical work is completely engrossing and deserves a wide, international readership.” — Delia Jarrett-Macauley, Washington Post

“With grace and compassion, Hill populates true and harrowing experience with an authentic hero—just as good historical fiction requires.” — Jennifer Berman, Bookforum

“Astonishing in scope, humanity and beauty, this is one of those very rare novels in which the deep joy of reading transcends its time and place. Like To Kill a Mockingbird, Someone Knows My Name lets readers experience a life, one footstep at a time, beside an unforgettable protagonist.” — Eileen Charbonneau, Historical Novels Review

“Stunning, wrenching and inspiring.... Hill handles the pacing and tension masterfully... [his] book is a harrowing, breathing tour de force.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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