Second Saturday Book Group – “Horse” by Geraldine Brooks

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Date(s) - 01/14/2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Second Saturday Book Group 
2022-2023 Theme: UUA’s 4th Principle: 
A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning! 
Selection:   Horse by Geraldine Brooks
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: In the Sanctuary—in person!
First published: 2022      Number of Pages: 401
Leader: Dorie Maxwell or 561-301-4204.

Since our congregation will be searching for a new minister this year, our book group has chosen  for its theme the UUA’s Fourth Principle: A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning!  We are starting off our new year by following a present-day interracial couple searching for answers to the mysteries of  the 1850s record-breaking racehorse Lexington and his enslaved groom.  This will be our first in-person meeting in nearly three years, since February 20!

—Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor.  “Despite the simplicity of the title, Geraldine Brooks’ latest novel is a heart-pounding American epic that gallops backward and forward in time to tell a story about race and freedom, horses and art, and the lineage of not just ancestors but actions. In present day, we meet Theo Northam, a Black art historian who is researching 19th century equestrian paintings, and Jess, a bone specialist who is called to help uncover an old horse skeleton lodged somewhere in the Smithsonian. And flash back to the 1850s, there is Jarret Lewis, an enslaved groom for Lexington—a horse that will become the fastest thoroughbred ever to race—who desperately wants to be free but will do anything for the horse he’s raised. Weaving together these different narratives, Horse tells a distinctly American story that shines a light on the legacy of slavery and the pursuit of independence. And, like the races Lexington runs, this is a fast, exciting, and all together remarkable read from Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks.”

As always, members and friends are welcome to join our discussion— whether you’ve finished the book or not.   And after our discussion anyone who’s in town is welcome to join up at Brio’s Italian Grill in the Gardens Mall for lunch and fellowship.

Want to plan ahead for February?   On February 11—the next second Saturday—we’ll be discussing Oh William!  by Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Olive Kitteridge.