This is the first time we have ever had a tie for first place. So this is what we are going to do. For the next 48 hours the two books are going into a quick vote. Both books are below with a description, cost and cover art. Select one of the two books for July’s Book of the Month. The book with the most votes at the end of the 48 hours will win!
The theme for the month is Far and Away: Non-American Authors (any genre)
Slave Girl by Buchi Emecheta (Nigeria)
Publication Date: May 17, 1980
“Her graphically detailed pictures of tribal life make the novel memorable.”—Chicago TribuneThe Slave Girl follows the fortunes of Ogbanje Ojebeta, a Nigerian woman who is sold into slavery in her own land after disease and tragedy leave her orphaned as a child. In her fellow slaves, she finds a surrogate family that clings together under the unbending will of their master. As Ogbanje Ojebeta becomes a woman and discovers her need for home and family, and for freedom and identity, she realizes that she must ultimately choose her own destiny.
Dido, a slave on a Jamaican sugar plantation, runs away to join Henry Morgan’s privateer fleet and find the treasure that will allow her to buy her family’s freedom. What she doesn’t bargain on is falling in love with El Negro, a pirate captain with no particular yen for a long-lasting relationship. As Morgan sails the Spanish Main, sacking first, El Puerto del Principe in Cuba, and then the great city of Porto Bello in Panama, Dido becomes a valued member of El Negro’s crew.
After the ships return to Jamaica, Dido thinks she will never see the pirate captain again but he comes to her rescue when she is in peril. They flee deep into the Blue Mountains but El Negro knows he will never be safe on the island. Together, Dido and her pirate, head back out to sea to find a place where they can live and love in freedom.