The Known World by Edward P. Jones
I didn't know that there were freed slaves who owned slaves in the South before the Civil War until I read reviews of "The Known World" by Edward P. Jones. The reviews raved about this first novel by an author who had already made a name for himself as a writer of short stories. The book lives up to the raves. It is powerful, disturbing and beautifully written novel – The best I've read so far this year.