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Reviewed by Andy Hutchings for Readers' Favorite
Few concepts have left such hideous scars on world history as slavery, with the wounds caused by centuries of kidnapping and selling human beings still being healed around the world. In David Calloway’s debut novel, If Someday Comes: A Slave's Story of Freedom, I was given an insight into the life of a slave that added humanity and a sense of hope to the tale of George Calloway as he lived under the eyes of the people who owned him and his family. The events in George’s life were extraordinary, from his participation in rescuing fellow slaves to his role in the Civil War.
I’m profoundly grateful that George’s story has been shared in this way so that the oral history passed down through the Calloway family can be read by the whole world to deepen their understanding of the lives of slaves in the 1800s. George is an inspiring figure, and the lines that David Calloway blurs between fiction and fact throughout this book create a fascinating mythology around a very real experience without ever letting us forget the brutal truths behind it all. If Someday Comes chronicles an incredible life that showcases the horrifying evil of the slave trade as well as the complex sense of bravery shown by the men and women living under it. Works such as this which highlight an individual's journey are powerful tools for understanding our history. This book uses stunning and gripping prose to take readers on an unforgettable experience into a time and place that we must never forget about.