The Adult Book Club will meet at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Brownstown Public Library, 120 E. Spring St., to discuss “GodPretty in the Tobacco Field” by Kim Michele Richardson.
Nameless, Kentucky, in 1969 is a hardscrabble community where jobs are few and poverty is a simple fact, just like the hot Appalachian breeze or the pests that can wipe out a tobacco field in days.
RubyLyn Bishop is luckier than some. Her God-fearing uncle, Gunnar, has a short fuse and high expectations, but he has given her a good home ever since she was orphaned at the age of 5. Yet now, a month shy of her 16th birthday, RubyLyn itches for more.
Maybe it’s something to do with the paper fortunetellers RubyLyn has been making for townsfolk, each covered with beautifully wrought, prophetic drawings. Or perhaps it’s because of Rainey Ford, an African-American neighbor who works alongside her in the tobacco field and with whom she has a kinship despite her uncle’s worrisome shadow and the town’s disapproval.
RubyLyn’s predictions are just wishful thinking, not magic at all, but through them, she’s imagining life as it could be, away from the prejudice and hardship that ripple through Nameless.
The club is designed to provide an informal, congenial atmosphere for patrons 18 and older to share their literary interpretations of the current book selection. Everyone should read the month’s selection before the meeting, but feel free to attend even if you haven’t finished the book as long as you don’t mind hearing how it ends. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the discussion, but listeners are welcome.
Light refreshments are served by individuals from the group on a volunteer basis. Extra copies of the book selection are available one month in advance at the library circulation desk.
Registration is requested and may be done at the circulation desk or by calling the library at 812-358-2853.
The program will be facilitated by Karen Raymer.