Corregidora By Gayl Jones

Published on May 29, 2020, 6:41 am
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Join us beginning June 16, 2020, when One Book One Bronx explores Corregidora by Gayl Jones.

One Book One Bronx is a free adult book club that hosts vibrant weekly discussions and builds community around a diverse selection of books.


Blues singer Ursa is consumed by her hatred of Corregidora, a nineteenth-century slave master who fathered both her mother and grandmother. Charged with “making generations” to bear witness to the abuse embodied in the family name, Ursa Corregidora finds herself unable to keep alive this legacy when she is made sterile in a violent fight with her husband. Haunted by the ghosts of a Brazilian plantation, pained by a presence of lovelessness and despair, Ursa slowly and firmly strikes her own terms with womanhood.

Upon publication in 1975, Corregidora was hailed as a masterpiece, winning acclaim from writers including James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and John Updike. Exploring themes such as race, sexuality and the long repercussions of slavery, this powerful novel paved the way for Beloved and The Colour Purple. Now, this lost classic is published for a new generation of readers.

About Gayl Jones

Gayl Jones was born in Kentucky in 1949.

She attended Connecticut College and Brown University; she has taught at Wellesley and the University of Michigan.

Her books include Corregidora, Eva’s Man, White Rat, Song for Anninho, and Liberating Voices: Oral Tradition in African American Literature.

Discussion schedule

Tuesdays, 07:00 p.m. – 08:30 p.m.

  • June 16, 2020: Chapter 1, pgs. 3-68
  • June 23, 2020: Chapter 2, pgs. 69-132
  • June 30, 2020: Chapter 3, pgs. 133-167
  • July 07, 2020: Chapters 4 & 5, pgs. 168-185

To register, please visit here. Discussions are free and open to the public.

To purchase the book, please visit here, or buy it from your favorite independent bookseller.

About The Book Club & One Book One Bronx

Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education invites neighbors to come together and (re)spark a love of reading. The book club normally meets in its 6th floor Gallery and hosts vibrant community-focused conversations that build a love of books and reading. The Casita Maria Book Club is presented in partnership with One Book One Bronx.

One Book One Bronx is a new style book club that inspires, encourages, and delights readers. Every week, we meet to discuss books that reflect the people of the Bronx. The book club seeks to build a culture of reading and is free to join. Please visit here for information on starting a book club at your community-based organization.

Discussions are free and open to the public. By registering you are giving the hosts permission to possibly use your image on our social media platforms. Book club discussions are held in English only at this time.

One Book One Bronx is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, donations, and Citizens Committee of New York City.

Casita Maria

About Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education

Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is the first and oldest Latino 501(c)(3) charity in NYC, founded in 1934.

The South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages.

Casita Maria creates a safe and welcoming community, enriching and uplifting youth and families towards success, through shared cultural, art and educational experiences and programs.


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