New York: Riverhead Books, 2013. First Edition. Octavo. (24 cm. x 16 cm.) 417 pp. Illustrated dust jacket. Burnt orange half cloth with feather imprint to lower right corner of dark orange boards. Titles in black on spine. Inscribed by the author on the title page. Fine. Item #137
The fictional account of Henry "the Onion" Shackleford", the "only Negro to survive the American outlaw John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry". Although this is fiction, "The Good Lord Bird", is a thoroughly researched account of John Brown's famous attack on the institution of slavery through the eyes of a young male slave forced through the circumstances of survival to impersonate a woman. A strange, darkly hilarious and frightening look at slavery and American society at the brink of the Civil War John Brown is at least a little responsible for igniting. Inscribed by the author.