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Fantasy | Fantasy Historical
A provocative novel that upends the history of the
transatlantic slave trade, reversing and reexamining notions
of savagery and civilization, as it follows a young woman’s
journey to freedom.
Bernardine Evaristo’s novel Blonde Roots asks: What
if the history of the transatlantic slave trade had been
reversed and Africans had enslaved Europeans? How would that
have changed the ways that people justified their inhuman
behavior? And how would it inform our cultural attitudes and
the insidious racism that still lingers—and sometimes
We see this tragicomic world turned
upside down through the eyes of Doris, an Englishwoman who
is kidnapped one day while playing hide-and-seek with her
sisters in the fields near their home. She is subsequently
enslaved and taken to the New World, as well as to the
imperial center of Great Ambossa. She movingly recounts
experiences of tremendous hardship and dreams of the people
she’s left behind, all while journeying toward an escape
A poignant and dramatic story grounded
in provocative ideas, Blonde Roots is a genuinely
original, profoundly imaginative novel.
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