The Good Lord Bird
The Good Lord Bird
A Novel
James McBride

Quite the masterwork. A poignant delight with a sense of humor that sears to the bone. —Recommended by Scott, City Lights Books

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.

Title The Good Lord Bird
Subtitle A Novel
Author James McBride
Publisher Riverhead Books
Title First Published 20 August 2013
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 432 p.
ISBN-10 1594486344
ISBN-13 9781594486340
Publication Date 20 August 2013
Main content page count 432
Weight 32 oz.
List Price $27.95

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