Sun, Feb 26|
Womxn of Color Intersectional Feminist Book Club: "The Sentence."
When people of color are together, there can be healing. We can reclaim parts of ourselves that have been repressed. We can redefine ourselves and support one another in embracing who we are." Kelsey Blackwell.
Time & Location
Feb 26, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST
About the Event
The burdens of history and especially identity, appropriation, exploitation, violence done to human beings in the name of justice, and more, prove to be volatile issues in our world today, when and where this compelling new work by Louise Erdrich takes place.
Set in contemporary Minneapolis and revolving around a small independent bookstore there, THE SENTENCE follows a turbulent year in the life of a strong though vulnerable Ojibwe woman named Tookie. When she emerges from prison after serving part of an outrageously long sentence, Tookie, who when incarcerated "learned to read with murderous attention," naturally gravitates to working at a bookstore. She joins a dedicated community of artists and book lovers and makes a new life for herself.
But when Flora, the store's most persistent customer, suddenly dies, her ghost refuses to leave. Flora returns on All Soul's Day to haunt the bookstore and in particular, Tookie. Why? The mystery of this revenant's appearance leads Asema, a fellow Ojibwe bookseller, and Tookie to a shocking personal discovery with historical reverberations. Tookie finds that this year of disease, violence, and political upheaval is, on a worldwide scale, a year of ghosts and hauntings. A complicated love finds Tookie as well when Pollux, who has been in love with Tookie for years, proposes, and they marry. However, Pollux was the tribal police officer who arrested Tookie all those years ago for a crime which turned out to be more serious than Tookie knew. How Pollux and Tookie overcome past betrayal and learn to trust each other is a challenge that will either deepen or destroy their love.
"THE SENTENCE" begins on All Soul's Day 2019 and ends on All Soul's Day 2020. Its mystery and proliferating ghost stories during this one year propel a narrative as rich, emotional, and profound as anything Louise Erdrich has written.