Andrea Stuart’s Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire, like so many family histories of and by African Americans (or in the case, African Caribbeans), is really the story of America. The kidnapping, enslaving, and abuse of Africans in North and South America is one of our founding original sins. What it says about power, race, gender, and capitalism still informs our world today.
Stuart has written a work which explores all this through the lens of her multi-racial Barbadian family. Her research into the island’s history gives voice to the voiceless, the slaves in her background. Barbados and its people come alive in her prose.