Updated: Aug 2, 2020
I have been having so much fun hosting author Q&As for the last two book club picks. I hope to keep those rolling in upcoming months because it has been a great way to appreciate these amazing books even more. This month, I am honoring Black female authors and have selected two backlist books to chose from. Both should be readily available at your public library and easy to get your hands on. (Hopefully your library is at least offering curbside pick up!) Both are dynamic family dramas and either will make for great discussion.
Below are the July 2020 virtual book club choices. Join this month in the comments below or on Instagram @mynightsbooked and let me know which book you vote for. I will announce the book club choice and scheduled discussion date.
All are welcome, so invite your friends!
Genre: Backlist Black female authors
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon's two families—the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich yet flawed characters ”the father, the two mothers, the grandmother, and the uncle ”she also reveals the joy, as well as the destruction, they brought to one another's lives.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.