Fiction Book Group

Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, January 12, 6:00 PM ET
Fiction Book Group with Alexis
Discussion of The Good Lord Bird

Led (virtually!) by former Greenlight general manager Alexis, our fiction book group discusses paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics. For January, the group discusses James McBride’s National Book Award winner The Good Lord Bird. Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1856—a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces—when legendary abolitionist John Brown arrives. When an argument between Brown and Henry's master turns violent, Henry is forced to leave town—along with Brown, who believes Henry to be a girl and his good luck charm. Over the ensuing months, Henry, whom Brown nicknames Little Onion, conceals his true identity to stay alive. Eventually Brown sweeps him into the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859—one of the great catalysts for the Civil War. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride's meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 6:00pm

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The Good Lord Bird: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594632785
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Riverhead Books - August 5th, 2014

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