Miami Herald // Free Burning by Bayo Ojikutu
To the extent that Free Burning so accurately depicts the hardships, some subtle and some enormous, that many of us face in surviving every day, a maudlin happy ending is impossible here. But Ojikutu does far more than merely hold up a mirror to expose our social ills. Redemption for Tommie — for all of us, if such a thing is possible — can only come from within. Free Burning stands as a profoundly intelligent and devastating and, above all else, truthful novel, one that [can] surely be counted among the crowning literary achievements of this year.
The complete review is here.