Book club [March 2020]
Updated: 5 days ago
March is a month so full of hope. Even if snow is still on the ground and the temperatures are frigid, winter's days are numbered and spring is on the way. This month, I curated two book choices that are both searing stories packed with emotions, including hope. I have been craving a well crafted story with deep character perspectives, heavy topics, but a redeeming feeling of hope. For the month of March, the My Night's Book Clubbed choices are Hum if You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais and The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall. I feel as though we cannot go wrong with whichever book we choose. I love that both of these stories begin around the same decade and follow the characters throughout the years. Either of these books will generate amazing discussion.
Below are the March 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.
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Hum if You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais
Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a nine-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband's death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have occurred . . . until the Soweto Uprising, in which a protest by black students ignites racial conflict, alters the fault lines on which their society is built, and shatters their worlds when Robin’s parents are left dead and Beauty’s daughter goes missing. After Robin is sent to live with her loving but irresponsible aunt, Beauty is hired to care for Robin while continuing the search for her daughter. In Beauty, Robin finds the security and family that she craves, and the two forge an inextricable bond through their deep personal losses. But Robin knows that if Beauty finds her daughter, Robin could lose her new caretaker forever, so she makes a desperate decision with devastating consequences. Her quest to make amends and find redemption is a journey of self-discovery in which she learns the harsh truths of the society that once promised her protection.
The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall
Charles and Lily, James and Nan. They meet in Greenwich Village in 1963 when Charles and James are jointly hired to steward the historic Third Presbyterian Church through turbulent times. Their personal differences however, threaten to tear them apart.
Charles is destined to succeed his father as an esteemed professor of history at Harvard, until an unorthodox lecture about faith leads him to ministry. How then, can he fall in love with Lily—fiercely intellectual, elegantly stern—after she tells him with certainty that she will never believe in God? And yet, how can he not?
James, the youngest son in a hardscrabble Chicago family, spent much of his youth angry at his alcoholic father and avoiding his anxious mother. Nan grew up in Mississippi, the devout and beloved daughter of a minister and a debutante. James's escape from his desperate circumstances leads him to Nan and, despite his skepticism of hope in all its forms, her gentle, constant faith changes the course of his life.