The fictionalized version of a real-life runaway slave story.
|The reward notice for Harriet Jacobs|
Lyons chose to use a fictional diary format to tell the story of Harriet Jacobs. In real life Jacobs could read and write and actually published a book about her life in 1861 called Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
The diary format has some strengths - it is an efficient way to note the passage of time and to tell about Harriet's feelings. However, it is not nearly as memorable as telling her story as a novel. The letters just do not have the same flow and impact as a story.
The book also include a set of pictures of some of the real people and places involved, a family tree and a thorough bibliography.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Letters from a Slave Girl.
Reviewed on August 15, 2007.