Wednesday 9 December 2020, 8.00PM
Join us as we toast the end of term in the final meeting of The Quiet Place Book Club in 2020. We will be discussing our November pick, A Tall History of Sugar (2020) by Curdella Forbes: a subversive fairy tale that opens in Oracabessa, Jamaica in 1958 as Rachel Fischer discovers an abandoned newborn with a singular appearance. Moshe has one blue and one dark brown eye, his skin is neither black nor white but translucent blue, his hair blonde and wavy at the front yet “pepper-grainy” at the back. Unabashed in the tragedy to come, Forbes narrates the tale of Moshe and his deep bonds with Arrienne: a twinship forged on their first day of primary school that will span a lifetime but will be tested by Moshe leaving for England in search of his father.
We will also be looking forward to our December read, She Would Be King (2018) by Wayétu Moore, which weaves speculative history and magical realism in its reimagining of the early days of Liberia. Set in mid nineteenth-century Monrovia during the waning days of the American Colonisation Society’s mission to repatriate freed slaves, African-American settlers jostle with indigenous tribes as new nations come to fruition.
A Tall History of Sugar and She Would Be King are both available to purchase from our supplier Fox Lane Books.
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Location: Online via Zoom