2nd Tuesday Book Discussions are back

We will host a discussion of Andrea Levy’s novel, “Small Island” on Tuesday, January 12 at 1 pm. This will be an in-person discussion limited to fifteen participants. Advance sign-up is a must. Copies are now available. Hortense Joseph arrives in London from Jamaica in 1948 with her life in her suitcase, her heart broken, her resolve intact. Her husband, Gilbert Joseph, returns from the war expecting to be received as a hero, but finds his status as a black man in Britain to be second class. His white landlady, Queenie, raised as a farmer’s daughter, befriends Gilbert, and later Hortense, with innocence and courage, until the unexpected arrival of her husband, Bernard, who returns from combat with issues of his own to resolve. Told in these four voices, “Small Island” is a courageous novel of tender emotion and sparkling wit, of crossings taken and passages lost, of shattering compassion and of reckless optimism in the face of insurmountable barriers. It was the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction. 

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