Afternoon Open Book Club (God Help the Child by Toni Morrison)

January 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Afternoon Open Book Club (God Help the Child by Toni Morrison)

The “Open Afternoon Book Club” meets in the Story Garden every third Wednesday at 1:00 pm.  For January, this group has selected Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child.

Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child—the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment—weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult.

At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”

A fierce and provocative novel that adds a new dimension to the matchless oeuvre of Toni Morrison.

Book clubs at the Cazenovia Public Library are free and open to the public.  Books are available at the circulation desk, and all are welcome.

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