October 2013 Featured Book: Can I Get a Witness?

               October Theme is Christian Fiction

Can I Get a Witness? by ReShonda Tate Billingsley 

On New Year's morning, 1975, Archie Jones sits in his car on a London road and waits for the exhaust fumes to fill his Cavalier Musketeer station wagon. Archie—working-class, ordinary, a failed marriage under his belt—is calling it quits, the deciding factor being the flip of a 20-pence coin. When the owner of a nearby halal butcher shop (annoyed that Archie's car is blocking his delivery area) comes out and bangs on the window, he gives Archie another chance at life and sets in motion this richly imagined, uproariously funny novel. 

Epic and intimate, hilarious and poignant, White Teeth is the story of two North London families—one headed by Archie, the other by Archie's best friend, a Muslim Bengali named Samad Iqbal. Pals since they served together in World War II, Archie and Samad are a decidedly unlikely pair. Plodding Archie is typical in every way until he marries Clara, a beautiful, toothless Jamaican woman half his age, and the couple have a daughter named Irie (the Jamaican word for "no problem"). Samad —devoutly Muslim, hopelessly "foreign"— weds the feisty and always suspicious Alsana in a prearranged union. They have twin sons named Millat and Magid, one a pot-smoking punk-cum-militant Muslim and the other an insufferable science nerd. The riotous and tortured histories of the Joneses and the Iqbals are fundamentally intertwined, capturing an empire's worth of cultural identity, history, and hope.

Where You Can Get The Book: 
Amazon: Hardback, Paperback, and eBook 
Barnes and Nobles: Hardback, Paperback, and eBook 
Apple Store: eBook 
Miami-Dade Public Library (MDPLS): Paperback/Hardback (4 Copies) 
Broward County Library (BCL): Paperback/Hardback (8 Copies)

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  • Tee

    Love it as always. I enjoy coming to the meetup and meeting such a nice group of people. :o)

    October 14, 2013

  • Rev. Joanna G.

    I would love to hear some of the comments on the book. Any chance that one of you who was there would be willing to give me a call to share for 10 minutes or so some of the highlights? [masked]

    October 13, 2013

    • Mahogany

      Joanna, I'm out of the house all day today but I'll call you when I get home.

      October 13, 2013

  • Rev. Joanna G.

    Mornings and evenings are good.

    October 13, 2013

  • Rev. Joanna G.

    I was disappointed not to be there for the discussion on Can I Get A Witness? I had finished the book, was all ready to come and had some pain that prevented me from driving. It looks like it was a great discussion. Hopefully I'll be in the mix next month.

    October 13, 2013

  • Faythe V.

    It was really great meeting everyone. I hated that I had to leave early because the dialogue was great. Look forward to see everyone next month :)

    2 · October 13, 2013

  • Delphine B.

    Enjoyed the convo and the exchange of ideas and thoughts in a judgement free zone.

    3 · October 12, 2013

  • lillian

    Thank you for staring this group and I look forward to reading and discussing the books. If anyone Scrapbook there is a convention in Ft Lauderdale in Oct . go on line and check out SCRAPBOOKING EXPO. a group of ladies travel once a year to different states to attend these conventions . If you go let me know so we can have lunch.

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • Mahogany

    Not yet, I'll put it up tonight

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • Tee

    Is there a book up yet?

    September 11, 2013

  • Delphine B.

    Looking forward to intellectual conversation

    1 · September 4, 2013

    • Mahogany

      I look forward to the book club meeting every month. The conversation never disappoints me.

      September 4, 2013

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