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Virtual Buddy Reading with African Studies Working Group

November 6, 2020, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Please join us for Part 2 of our buddy read of “She Would be King” by TC Alumna and Liberian-American author Wayétu Moore. We had such an amazing time at the first discussion and hope to continue that energy for the second part of the novel!
If you could not join us last time but want to learn more about the unique history of Liberia and how that’s linked to the US and the Caribbean, please feel free to join us for this one! Completion of Part 1 and 2 of the novel is not a requirement to join.
Book Detail: 
She Would Be King is a spectacular blend of history and magical realism that follows three extraordinary characters: in the West African village of Lai, red-haired Gbessa is cursed with immortality at birth and lives in exile under suspicion of being a witch; on a plantation in Virginia, June Dey hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee; and in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave, learns to fade from sight at will. When the three of them meet in the colony of Monrovia, it isn’t long before they realize that they are all cursed—or, perhaps, uniquely gifted. Together they protect the weak and vulnerable amid rising tensions between the American settlers, French slave traders, and indigenous tribes.
In her transcendent debut, Wayétu Moore reimagines the tumultuous and dramatic story of Liberia, a country whose past and present are inextricably bound to the United States. With great poise and lyricism, she captures the epic excitement of a nation’s founding and explores themes of community, loyalty, and the complex ties that bind the African diaspora. She Would Be King resonates deeply with our current moment and, as Edwidge Danticat observes, “boldly announces the arrival of a remarkable novelist and storyteller.”
––Publisher’s description

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November 6, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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