SECOND SATURDAY BOOK GROUP “THE NIGHT WATCHMAN”

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/13/2021
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location
Via Zoom

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Selection: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
First published: 2020         Meeting Place: On Zoom
Leader: Dorie Maxwell  — doriemaxwell@mac.com or 561-301-4204.

If you haven’t recently received emails from me about our book group activities and wish to receive a Zoom invitation for this discussion, please contact me. – Dorie

In this still-rather-new millennium, the whole world seems to be transitioning.… For example, the 2020 U.S. census affirmed that our nation is definitely transitioning culturally. The main characters in the six books our group will be reading this season come from six different racial/ethnic groups living within our country today.  We hope that our readings and discussions will stir our thinking and understanding about the transitions these varied groups are bringing to our nation and our lives..

In our first selection The Night Watchman, winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, author Louise Erdrich pays homage to a group of Native-Americans.  These characters represent the many indigenous people who lived on this North American continent before Europeans came to claim and colonize this “New World,” with general feelings of entitlement.

Set in the 1950s, our primary character Thomas Wazhashk is a humble night watchman and also the tribal chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota.  Erdrich based this character on her own grandfather, honoring his tireless efforts to persuade the U.S. government to honor treaties that protected what remained of their already picked-over lands. Erdrich includes stories of systemic racism, sexual exploitation, and other unsavory elements in the lives of Thomas’s extended family and those in their orbit, along with her wonderful writing and wit.

Come join our discussion by Zoom. Members and friends are welcome— whether you’ve finished the book or not.

Want to plan ahead for next month For our next second Saturday selection on December 11, we’ll meet a pair of African-American twin sisters in the 1960s and ‘70s, and people who come into their lives, as we discuss This Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (343 pp).

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