I am always reading several books at once because I love to learn and want to grow as a writer and as a person. Lately, it has occurred to me that it might be fun to share some of what I’m reading. So here goes.
First, nerd alert: I am a nerd who loves to read classics, and if I don’t like the writing, I won’t continue reading the book. Life is too short. A little while back, I downloaded a list of “30 20th Century Classics by Women for Your Reading Bucket List” from a website called mindjoggle.com, and I’m choosing the ones that sound good to me. I found the list here.
I read Kindred a couple of months ago, before all of the protests began after the death of George Floyd. I thought of it again this week while sharing resources with my book club friends as we study a book on anti-racism. I thought some might appreciate a historical fiction book that explores racial inequities.
Kindred is a time travel book, and it’s beautifully written. I didn’t want to put it down, except maybe for a few minutes at a time when it got a little heavy and sad. The heroine is a modern black woman who is suddenly whisked away from her white husband, and she time travels back into the antebellum South. She encounters slavery, of course, and I’ll leave the rest of the story for you to discover for yourself.
The historical setting is extensively researched, and the copy of the book I received includes a reader’s guide complete with discussion questions in the back of the book. If you’re on the lookout for a timely historical fiction book, this one is s good choice.
Let me know what you think of the book if you’ve read it, and I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about it.