Washington Black is the best book I've read in a while. The story is told by George Washington Black, who is born into slavery on the island of Barbados, then a British colony. What starts off as a brutal slave story soon becomes an adventure tale, as Washington Black ends up on a ship bound for Virgina, and then finds himself bound for the Arctic. The threat of the slave plantation is never far from his thoughts though. I love the narrative voice in this book, which was a finalist for the Man Booker prize and won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in Canada. (Edugyan lives in Vancouver, CA.) Do yourself a favor and let yourself get caught up in the adventures of Washington Black.