A Colwood author has experienced a life-changing month with the announcement Thursday that her latest novel was chosen as one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2018, the news coming mere days after winning the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for the novel.
The editors of the Times Book Review named Esi Edugyan’s novel Washington Black, published by Patrick Crean Editions, in the highly-anticipated list that includes the best fiction and nonfiction titles of the year.
Described by the judges as “transcendent work of empathy and imagination,” they said Edugyan “unfolds a wondrous tale of exploration and discovery” with “subtlety and eloquence.”
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Washington Black, Edugyan’s third and latest novel, is the story of an 11-year-old slave on a Barbados plantation whose unlikely friendship with his master’s brother explores the themes of friendship, love, betrayal and redemption from the Caribbean to the Arctic.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Washington Black follows Edugyan’s 2011 award-winning Half-Blood Blues, also a winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2011) and her 2004 debut, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne.
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