This Edward P. Jones novel is about black slaveowners, which was in actuality a thing that happened. It is one of the essential novel about slaveries; a more subtle (if less wrenching) companion to Beloved. There are some clever narrative turns in the story and several beautifully formed characters. I will say this never hit home with me in the way that the greatest novels do. White characters are central to the narrative and indeed are portrayed quite sympathetically.
A very good novel, but not quite a great one for me at least.