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Thoughts on “Blonde Roots” by Bernardine Evaristo

Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo (cover)Well, I just finished Blonde Roots, a novel by Bernardine Evaristo. I can’t say much about the plot without giving important twists away.

The novel follows the life of a slave in an alternate retelling of history, where “whytes” are enslaved by “blaks” and history as we have been taught it is turned upside down. I loved that there were enough similarities to actual history to make the story recognizable, but enough clever differences to make it fascinating and imaginable.

Anyone who likes intriguing narratives or unique perspectives on history will enjoy it, and it provides plenty of food for thought as well as infinite details to pick out and mull over for those of us who like to analyze what we read.

I’ve not read anything like it that I can think of. Check it out if the idea appeals to you; it’s well written, absorbingly plotted, and full of very real characters.

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