(This book was selected as one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2018. For the rest of the list, click here.)
- By Colm Toibin
- The New York Times
By Esi Edugyan
334 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $26.95
When the novel “Washington Black” opens, it is 1830 and the young George Washington Black, who narrates his own story, is a slave on a Barbados sugar plantation called Faith, protected, or at least watched over, by an older woman, Big Kit.
As a new master takes charge, the fear is palpable.
The accounts of murders and punishments and random cruelties are chilling and unsparing.
Big Kit can see no way…