And we have a winner! The clear preference in our latest Moira’s Seattle Times Book Club poll is “Washington Black,” by Esi Edugyan.
The book, recently out in paperback, is a novel of adventure beginning on a Barbados sugar plantation in the 1830s and centering on a former field slave as he travels the world as manservant to an eccentric naturalist, explorer, inventor and abolitionist. Edugyan, a Canadian author who lives in Victoria, B.C., won the Giller Prize for “Washington Black,” which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. So, a good pedigree — but it remains to be seen what our book club, which has previously read Michael Ondaatje’s “Warlight” and Sigrid Nunez’s “The Friend,” will think of it.
We’ll discuss “Washington Black” online at seattletimes.com/books at noon on Tuesday, June 25. Happy reading!