Esi Edugyan is author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
"Extraordinary. . . . Edugyan is a magical writer." --The
"A daring work of empathy and imagination." --The New York Times Book Review
"Soaring. . . . Washington Black contains immense
feeling." --Entertainment Weekly "An inspiring story of
freedom and self-discovery." --Time "Enthralling." --The
Boston Globe "Sparkling . . . full of truths and startling
marvels." --San Francisco Chronicle "Powerful." --The
Seattle Times "Lush, exhilarating." --The New Yorker
"Edugyan has created a wonder of an adventure story, powered by the
helium of fantasy, but also by the tender sensibility of its
aspiring young hero." --NPR "Washington Black's presence in these
pages is fierce and unsettling." --Colm Toibin, The New York
Times Book Review "A gripping historical narrative exploring
both the bounds of slavery and what it means to be truly free."
"Brutal, magical, urgent and exuberant." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "Imaginative and dynamic. . . . With equal parts terror, adventure and humanity, Washington Black reads like a dream collaboration between Jules Verne and Colson Whitehead." --The Dallas Morning News "Exuberant and spellbinding. . . . The novel is not only harrowing and poignant in its portrayal of the horrors of slavery on a Caribbean plantation but liberating, too, in its playful shattering of the usual tropes. The result is a book about freedom that's both heartbreaking and joyfully invigorating." --Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Wall Street Journal "Masterful. . . . [A] wondrous book." --The Economist "Edugyan's language is exquisite, and the life story of her titular slave . . . is a swashbuckling adventure." --Vulture "Profoundly humane." --The Times (London) "As harrowing a portrayal of slavery as Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad, but also a globe-trotting, page-turning adventure story. A historical epic with much to say about the present-day world." --The Guardian "A wildly imaginative exploration of what it means to be free." --Financial Times "Elegant, nuanced. . . . Edugyan illustrates the complexity of identity and explores what defines us. Is it what surrounds us, such as family? Or is it what is inside us?" --The Christian Science Monitor "A thoughtful, boldly imagined ripsnorter that broadens inventive possibilities for the antebellum novel." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)