I wanted to like this more. The form and premise seemed so interesting. An account – in diary form – of one young girl’s escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad. So many elements are in place – some definite research on how the Railroad worked, a story quilt, the dairy form – but this book just lacks any kind of spark. Some of the initial sections are formulaic – an unnamed master who is angry (Sir), a mistress who is ill but has taught Eliza to read and write – but I don’t think that’s the problem. I just think Nolen never succeeds in making Eliza interesting.

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