Written in 1979, somehow I missed this novel, which pits Dana, a 20th century black woman, against unknown forces that transport her to 19th century Maryland, to a plantation just in time to save the white master's son. Over and over again.
Through Dana, and Butler's cast of characters, we get a taste, frightening no less, of slavery in America. As a Jew whose family was safe on America's shores by 1924, I missed dual Holocausts - one against black slaves in this country, and the other, more well known, to Jews in Europe. As Dana mentioned between trips through time, it appears the Germans learned a lot from 19th century slave owners.
Perfect reading for a holiday dealing with slavery and redemption. While I played no part in America's horrific past, I cannot help but feel guilty that it happened at all. And more than a bit ashamed.
I did not seek out this book. I found it on the "New Book" shelf, and liked the time travel aspect. In the end, I found the eye opener about slavery, and all its evils, the most redeeming quality of all.