Beautifully written story about slave girl in Revolutionary NYC trying to win her own and her little sister's freedom. Anderson doesn't hesitate to show deep changes in and damages to character, but she also doesn't write hopelessness. Am not sure about Isabel's isolation -- she doesn't get to talk to many black people, there are a lot fewer named black characters than white. But Anderson is very good on showing the horror and obliviousness of even well-meaning white people, and on the significant connections to other black people in the cracks. Warning: CLIFFHANGER!