Novelist Straight (Between Heaven and Here) focuses on the lives of the women in her family in this moving memoir. The narrative is framed as a letter to Straight's three daughters—Gaila, Delphine, and Rosette—whom Straight shares with her ex-husband, and honors the daughters' rich ancestral past through stories of female relatives struggling to overcome violence, oppression, and hardship.
As Straight braids her three daughters into this deeply affecting saga, she maps her path to becoming a writer, encouraged by her mentor, James Baldwin, and profoundly inspired by her mother-in-law. Ultimately, this is a ravishing and revelatory celebration of womanhood, resilience, family, community, and America's defining diversity.
3 meetings: Mondays, March 8, 15 and 22 from 8:00-8:45 p.m.
Meeting 1: Read from the beginning through Chapter 9
Meeting 2: Read from Chapter 10 through Chapter 19
Meeting 3: Read from Chapter 20 to the end
In the Country of Women is available from SJCPL in print, OverDrive/Libby e-book and downloadable hoopla e-audiobook formats.
The Zoom link for all 3 meetings: https://zoom.us/j/94461944466