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February 19, 2014

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Reparations for slavery have long been an issue that both divides and frightens people, but it always starts an interesting conversation.  This book revolves around a reparation lawsuit.  In looking for the "perfect" client to lead this suit, our two lead characters "meet".  How do you feel about this? Does the lawsuit feel too contrived, a vehicle to gather all the characters together?  

The coincidiences in the book happen with so much frequency, and yet, they move the story along.  I don't know about you, but Josephine and Lina became people I cared about. I wanted it to work out for both of them.  If you are still reading, I don't want to include spoilers here, so for now, I will just say, join us! We can talk about it!  Please sign up on our main page to join us on Tuesday, March 11th, at 6:30 p.m. for our CapRadio Reads Face to Face discussion of The House Girl.

Tara Conklin has all the qualifications necessary to write this surprising and rich tale that intertwines the lives of a seventeen year old house slave named Josphine in antebellum Virginia and an ambitious young lawyer named Lina in 2004 New York, who is working on a class action suit seeking reparations for the descendants of slaves.  Conklin, who has worked as a lawyer, has a degree in history and now devotes her time to writing, and it is time well spent.

House Girl was named on of the Best Books of 2013 by NPR and has received accolades from reviewers and fellow authors.

The story runs in parallel, going between Virginia in 1852 and New York City in 2004, but the two are vitally connected almost from the start.  There are secrets and violence, passion and redemption. This book will grab you and keep you with it.

Please make sure to sign up early so you can grab one of the 40 seats at our table for what will be a riveting, and possibly contentious, conversation. I look forward to seeing you,  Tuesday, March 11th in our Community Room. 

As always, thank you for reading.

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