Washington Black

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan is the story of "Wash", an eleven-year-old slave on a Barbados sugar plantation whose life is changed forever when he is chosen as the manservant for Christopher Wilde, his master's brother. Taken under his wing, Wash begins a voyage that will take him all over the world. There are cruelty and pathos, learning and adventure and questions that are hard to answer about captivity and freedom. There is too much potential for spoilers to write much more but this is very highly recommended.