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.
Tuesdays 07:00 p.m. – 08:30 p.m.
June 16: Chapter 1, pgs 3-68
June 23: Chapter 2, pgs 69-132
June 30: Chapter 3, pgs 133-167
July 07: Chapters 4 & 5, pgs 168-185
Discussions are free and open to the public.
We recommend purchasing the book from your favorite independent bookseller.
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