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May 12, 2021susan_findlay rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Best viewed as a series of connected short stories rather than a novel per se, this well written book ambitiously tells the tale of generations affected by slavery. Each second chapter starts a new generation as they alternate between a line of the family descended from a woman sent to America on a slave ship and a line of the family descended from her half sister left behind in Africa. In this way, the reader learns both about the impact of the slave trade on Africa itself as well as the black experience in North America over the generations (and the ways in which many black populations were mistreated long after slavery was outlawed). While some of the short stories are definitely stronger/more compelling than others, they are all essential to the flow of the book and the telling of the story.