National Book Award, Fiction, 2013
From the best-selling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade - and who must pass as a girl to survive.
Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town - with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.
Over the ensuing months, Henry - whom Brown nicknames Little Onion - conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 - one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.
An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.
©2013 James McBride (P)2013 Penguin Audiobooks
a great listen to a great story. Michael Boatman's performance brings the characters to life in this important story.
I have already recommended this book especially in the audio version to my friends. It gives such a fascinating look into a neglected portion of our past. Hearing the book read by Mr Boatman was a delight. Thank you Mr Mc Bride for giving us this wonderful narrative.
Learned a lot about afro-americans and whites befoe the amancipation of the slaves
When Onion discovered who his true self was
Best reader of all the books on Audible ever. He changed accents. He made you feel that the characters were real.
the Good Lord Bird
Loved the book. Cant give it enough praise
A very interesting if somewhat preposterous story! But, I loved every minute of it. A cross-dressing escaped slave rides with the legendary John Brown. Not true, of course, but an amazing "what if." Well narrated, beautiful writing, and a funny and entertaining book with many serious themes concerning history, race, and the stories we tell about the past.
This was a short story expended significantly into a novel. I had a very difficult time wanting to read more. And I just didn't get much out of it. What was really the point? If it was to give a historical account, it could have been much shorter.
Loved it. Worth the listen. Outstanding vocalizations, and bark out loud funny at times. Please listen and push on your friends.
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