Set amid the violence of 1857 Kansas, The Good Lord Bird is a story about famed abolitionist John Brown, as told through the experiences of a young slave, Henry Shackleford, who was abducted by Brown. Masquerading as a girl in order to stay alive, the protagonist finds himself in all kinds of scrapes, not the least of which takes him to Harper’s Ferry for Brown’s great raid.
As much as I enjoy historical fiction, this book was an off-kilter comedic tragedy, and that alone frustrated me. I appreciated what the author was trying to do, but it just wasn’t for me.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013
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