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      Washington Black: A Novel

      by Esi Edugyan

      Oct 2018

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      2019 Longlist, Fiction
      George Washington Black, or “Wash,” an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master’s brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning—and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. What brings Christopher and Wash together will tear them apart, propelling Wash even further across the globe in search of his true self. From the blistering cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, from the earliest aquariums of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black tells a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again, and asks the question, What is true freedom?

      There There

      by Tommy Orange

      Jul 2018

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      2019 Longlist, Fiction
      Jacquie Red Feather, Edwin Black, and Tony Loneman are all going to the Big Oakland Pow Wow for different reasons in this relentlessly paced, multi-generational story.

      Sing, Unburied, Sing

      by Jesmyn Ward

      Feb 2018

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      2018 Longlist, Fiction
      Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of the bonds of family.

      Augustown: A Novel

      by Kei Miller

      Sep 2017

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      2018 Longlist, Fiction
      In the backlands of Jamaica, one woman struggles to rise above the brutal vicissitudes of history, race, class, collective memory, violence, and myth.

      Exit West: A Novel

      by Mohsin Hamid

      Jun 2017

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      2018 Longlist, Fiction
      In an unnamed city teetering on the brink of civil war, a young couple embarks on a furtive love affair.
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