Caryl Phillips’ intense historical fiction addresses slavery’s shattering of the lives of Black people through the story of one father’s lost family.

In desperate financial straits, a father sells his three children into slavery. Crossing the River follows the scattered children across continents and through time to wherever their lives lead them: the hold of a slave ship, an African mission, Colorado, and an English village during the war.

The Booker Prize 1993
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Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips

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Caryl Phillips is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction, including Crossing the River, shortlisted for the 1993 Booker Prize.
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