June Book Meetup - Wench: A Novel

  • June 13, 2012 · 8:00 PM
  • Barnes and Noble
wench \'wench\ n. from Middle English “wenchel,” 1 a: a girl, maid, young woman; a female child.

Situated in Ohio, a free territory before the Civil War, Tawawa House is an idyllic retreat for Southern white men who vacation there every summer with their enslaved black mistresses. It’s their open secret. Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet are regulars at the resort, building strong friendships over the years. But when Mawu, as fearless as she is assured, comes along and starts talking of running away, things change. To run is to leave everything behind, and for some it also means escaping from the emotional and psychological bonds that bind them to their masters. When a fire on the resort sets off a string of tragedies, the women of Tawawa House soon learn that triumph and dehumanization are inseparable and that love exists even in the most inhuman, brutal of circumstances— all while they bear witness to the end of an era.

An engaging, page-turning, and wholly original novel, Wench explores, with an unflinching eye, the moral complexities of slavery.

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  • Maura

    Sorry that I could not attend and meet with everyone. John learned earlier today that he had to attend a meeting in Chicago so it is off to the airport for him and home with the kiddies for me.

    June 13, 2012

  • Bri

    Thank you!

    June 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Lisa!

    June 13, 2012

  • Lisa B.

    Nope :) No fee! My biggest expenses come when I decide to buy a book instead of borrowing it from the library (and of course the money I spend on other books when we meet at B&N :) )

    June 13, 2012

  • Bri

    Is there a fee for this group?

    June 13, 2012

  • Lisa B.

    Also - take a peek at my profile pics and some of the other women as well, and then you can know to look for our faces too :) Sorry I was unable to make it in April (and I hosted last month and only 2 people came) so we haven't met yet :) Looking forward to changing that tonight! See you then!

    June 13, 2012

  • Lisa B.

    Usually we sit wherever we can get a table big enough to seat everyone who has sent a Yes RSVP - and most often the other people who are in the cafe are students or people in groups of one or two. Also, it used to be that people walked in holding the book - but I lent my book to someone and a lot of people in our group are using e-readers (but holding a nook or kindle makes it hard to see what you've been reading ;) ) so that is not as helpful anymore! hahaha

    June 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you tell me how I can identify the group? Do you try to sit in a certain area of the cafe? I came to book club 2 months ago and it was so crowded in the cafe, I had trouble finding everyone!

    June 13, 2012

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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