Sacred Hunger, by Barry Unsworth

This book is meaningful, beautiful and still a page turner. Unsworth provides a fictional snapshot of the slave trade and the impact it has on both the enslaved and those in power. A man puts his last hopes in a slave ship, while others lose their hope to the same practice. Sacred Hunger reveals the horrors of slavery but also the humanity that exists at the same time. Despite some aspects of the book being stretched or exaggerated and some characters filling stock or frigid roles, you find yourself not caring, as it is all done in the process of creating a moving and powerful story. The book ends, and you are left feeling unsatisfied in the best way–unsatisfied that there is no more left to read and that you have to leave this rich and tragic setting.