Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Published 2008 by Atheneum
Hardcover, 316 pages; audiobook 7hrs 35mins
Laurie Halse Anderson reading from Chains at the 2008 National Book Awards Finalists Reading
I think I begin all commentary on historical fiction novels like this: I usually don’t like historical fiction. Maybe I should quit doing that. There was something, though, about Anderson’s storytelling that drew me into this story. Chains is set during the Revolutionary War in New York. The protagonist, Isabel, is a slave in the household of a family of British supporters. Throughout the novel she deals with the loss of family, trying to decide which side of the war supports her best interests (I never thought about the role slaves played in the war), and gaining her freedom. The second part of the story is told in the novel Forge, which I’ll be adding to my to-read list soon.