By James McBride
From the New York Times bestselling writer of The sturdy Lord Bird, winner of the 2013 nationwide ebook Award for Fiction, and Kill 'Em and Leave, a James Brown biography.
within the days earlier than the Civil struggle, a runaway slave named Liz Spocott breaks loose from her captors and escapes into the labyrinthine swamps of Maryland’s japanese shore, surroundings unfastened a drama of violence and wish between slave catchers, plantation proprietors, watermen, runaway slaves, and loose blacks. Liz is close to demise, wracked via worrying visions of the long run, and armed with “the Code,” a fiercely guarded cryptic technique of conversation for slaves at the run. Liz’s flight and her goals of the next day to come will thrust all these close to her towards a mysterious, redemptive fate.
jam-packed with wealthy, precise details—much of the tale is drawn from old events—and instructed in McBride’s signature lyrical kind, Song but Sung is a narrative of tragic triumph, violent judgements, and unforeseen kindness.