Despite living in Lawrence Kansas for the past 31 years, I will admit to having very little knowledge about John Brown the abolitionist. So, when I read a review of The Good Lord Bird, I put it on my "to read" list. It was probably not the best choice to educate myself (in a factual sort of way) on all his doings, but it sure sparked my interest.
This novel, by John McBride, follows a young black boy, disguised as a girl, who is traveling along with John Brown's volunteer army as they work to defeat slavery. While the main story line of the novel is fiction, it does make for a captivating way to throw in some parts of history that are true and has me looking up stuff. Like was John Brown really a religious zealot and did he meet Frederick Douglas and Harriet Tubman and what about that raid on Harpers Ferry.
Recommended. Excellent dialogue. If you like audiobooks, the reader for this one (Michael Boatman) is superb.