It was suggested that I read an alternate history book in the Neil Gaiman’s MasterClass on writing, and I was drawn to this one as it was one of the only examples that wasn’t ‘what if Hitler won the war.’ I was drawn to the concept behind this novel. The ‘what if slavery was still legal in America’s south’ seemed like a pertinent kind of what-if.
I don’t regret my choice. I loved this book.
The reason such a reading exercise was recommended was because alternate history provides a particularly exaggerated way to see ‘truth in fiction’, and this book felt like it was jam-packed with hard hitting truths that are just as valid in this version of reality as they are in the version of reality in which slavery is still legal in the south. It’s too easy to believe.
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