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Holiday Book Exchange & A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes

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  • This month, in honor of the holiday season, we will be doing a book exchange along with our regular meetup.  All members are asked to pick up a book, any book they would like to share (not one from our list), wrap it and bring it along to the meeting. Please be sure to bring a book if you plan to attend so that everyone will leave with a new book to read.  Merry Chrismahanukahkwanza everyone!

     A High Wind in Jamaica is a 1929 novel by the Welsh writer Richard Hughes, which was made into a film of the same name in 1965. The Bas-Thornton children (John, Emily, Edward, Rachel, and Laura) are raised on a plantation in Jamaica at an unspecified time after the emancipation of slaves in Britain (1833). It is a time of technological transformation, and sailing ships and steamers coexist on the high seas. A hurricane destroys their home, and the parents decide the children must leave the island to return to their original home in England. Accompanied by two creole children from Jamaica, Margaret and Harry Fernandez, they leave on the Clorinda, a merchant ship under the command of Captain Marpole. The Clorinda is seized by pirates shortly after leaving Jamaica.


    We will meet in the Library Room at Professor Java's. To the left as you walk in. Reserving the whole room requires a $90 deposit, but all food/drink ordered offsets that amount. Please consider having dinner or one of their yummy desserts with us that evening.

    PLEASE, please update your RSVP as soon as you know you cannot make it.

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