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By Zakes Mda

A Picador Paperback Original

The hero of Zakes Mda's liked Ways of Dying, Toloki, units down with a kinfolk in heart the USA and uncovers the tale of the runaway slaves who have been their ancestors.

Toloki, the pro mourner, has come to dwell in the United States. Lured to Athens, Ohio, by way of a tutorial on the neighborhood college, Toloki makes associates with an offended younger guy he meets at a Halloween parade and shortly falls in love with the younger man's sister. Toloki endears himself to an area quilting team and his quilting offers a portal to the previous, a narrative of 2 escaped slaves looking freedom in Ohio.

Making their method north from Virginia with not anything yet their mother's quilts for a map, the men desire to discover a promised land the place blacks can stay as loose males. Their tale alternates with Toloki's, because the narratives forged a brand new mild on the United States within the twenty-first century and on an undiscovered legacy of the Underground Railroad.

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