Come to our next WNBA Charlotte Book Club meeting! Tuesday, October 7, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’re taking the list of 2013 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.

Our book for our October 7 meeting is….

House GirlThe House Girl 

Tara Conklin 
(William Morrow)

Virginia, 1852. Seventeen-year-old Josephine Bell decides to run from the failing tobacco farm where she is a slave and nurse to her ailing mistress, the aspiring artist Lu Anne Bell. New York City, 2004. Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in an elite law firm, is given a difficult, highly sensitive assignment that could make her career: she must find the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.

It is through her father, the renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers Josephine Bell and a controversy roiling the art world: are the iconic paintings long ascribed to Lu Anne Bell really the work of her house slave, Josephine? A descendant of Josephine’s would be the perfect face for the reparations lawsuit—if Lina can find one. While following the runaway girl’s faint trail through old letters and plantation records, Lina finds herself questioning her own family history and the secrets that her father has never revealed: How did Lina’s mother die? And why will he never speak about her?

Moving between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York, this searing, suspenseful and heartbreaking tale of art and history, love and secrets, explores what it means to repair a wrong and asks whether truth is sometimes more important than justice. 

Tara Conklin was born on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and raised in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Yale University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and New York University School of Law. A joint US-UK citizen, Tara now lives with her family in Seattle. The House Girl is her first novel.

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 Our meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month (except January and July), 7 PM, at the Panera on Fairview near SouthPark. We will soon be choosing books from the brand new 2014 Great Group Reads list to take us through to October 2015, when there will be a new Great Group Reads list released. If you have questions about our Book Club or would like more information, please contact Kristen Knox at whitreidsmama@yahoo.com .

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