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On March 30th, Julia Eichelberger discusses the New York Times best-selling novel The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. "This sweeping debut novel, excerpts of which have appeared in Best American Short Stories, tells the tale of a 14-year-old white girl named Lily Owen who is raised by the elderly African American Rosaleen after the accidental death of Lily's mother.Find out more »
On April 13th, Valinda Littlefield will discuss Clover, the Lillian Smith Award-winning first novel by Dori Sanders. "Clover, a black 10-year-old who is wise beyond her years, is devastated when her beloved father is killed in an automobile accident shortly after marrying Sara Kate, a white woman. With clear, simple vision, unencumbered by adult emotions and experiences, Clover learns to deal with death, dying, and racial relationships.Find out more »
On April 27th, Ellen Malphrus will discuss Dorothy Allison's National Book Award nominated novel Bastard Out of Carolina. "Set in the rural South, this tale centers around the Boatwright family, a proud and closeknit clan known for their drinking, fighting, and womanizing. Nicknamed Bone by her Uncle Earle, Ruth Anne is the bastard child of Anney Boatwright, who has fought tirelessly to legitimize her child. When she marries Glen, a man from a good family, it appears that her prayers have been answered.Find out more »