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Daytime Discussion: “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver

August 28, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In August, we’ll be reading “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver. We’ll meet on Monday, August 28 at 10:30am in the Fiction Room of the Library. After July 24, you can pick up a copy of the book selection from the Circulation Desk or call the Library at 860-582-3121 to make arrangements for curbside pickup. Large type and audiobook on CD are also available for this title. This title is not available on hoopla.
You may register for this program by e-mailing gdelcegno@biblio.org. New members are always welcome!
The story is told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is calamitously transformed on African soil.
The novel is set against one of the most dramatic political chronicles of the twentieth century: the Congo’s fight for independence from Belgium, the murder of its first elected prime minister, the CIA coup to install his replacement, and the insidious progress of a world economic order that robs the fledgling African nation of its autonomy. Against this backdrop, Orleanna Price reconstructs the story of her evangelist husband’s part in the Western assault on Africa, a tale indelibly darkened by her own losses and unanswerable questions about her own culpability. Also narrating the story, by turns, are her four daughters—the teenaged Rachel; adolescent twins Leah and Adah; and Ruth May, a prescient five-year-old. These sharply observant girls, who arrive in the Congo with racial preconceptions forged in 1950s Georgia, will be marked in surprisingly different ways by their father’s intractable mission, and by Africa itself. Ultimately each must strike her own separate path to salvation. Their passionately intertwined stories become a compelling exploration of moral risk and personal responsibility.

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Date:
August 28, 2023
Time:
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Venue

Terryville Public Library
238 Main Street
Terryville, CT 06786 United States
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Phone
8605823121

Organizer

Gretchen DelCegno
Phone
860-582-3121
Email
gdelcegno@biblio.org