One of Meyer's five favorite books about America, as told to the Telegraph:
If you want to understand America’s continuing race problem, you have to start where it all began: slavery, an institution that half the country went to war to defend. The Known World (2003) by Edward P Jones is a brilliant novel about an African-American slave owner in rural Virginia, just before the start of the Civil War.Read about the other novels Meyer tagged.
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The Page 69 Test: American Rust.