On Sunday afternoon I finished The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. I: The Pox Party, by M.T. Anderson. It is beautiful and agonizing. I recommend it to everyone. The story is told primarily from the perspective of a young African-American boy who grows up with his mother in a house of scientists in pre-Revolutionary
To say more would revel too much, and I want you readers to have the untarnished benefit of plot turns and surprises. In fact, don’t read any of the reviews or summaries on Amazon’s page because most of them contain spoilers. You may also note on Amazon’s page that the book is marketed to young adult readers, which confounds me; it’s a book for adults or for adolescents with the capacity to appreciate books for adults.
There are so many levels to
The book ends with a cliffhanger, so Ickie and I are eagerly awaiting the sequel.