NAMING THE NEW WORLD
Brilliant. There are the beginnings here of a dozen strong novels to come.
This brilliant debut novel…flows through two continents, three centuries, and incalculable terror, suffering, and grief.
Like a strobe, Baker’s novel lights up the darkness of slavery.
Baker re-creates the conditions facing Black Americans at different points in history, as well as the range of possible societies offered them. The cumulative effect of these lyrical narratives is epic tragedy.