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Book Club: The Birds of Opulence

December 13, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


December’s read is The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson. From the publisher, “A lyrical exploration of love and loss, The Birds of Opulence centers on several generations of women in a bucolic southern black township as they live with and sometimes surrender to madness. The Goode-Brown family, led by matriarch and pillar of the community Minnie Mae, is plagued by old secrets and embarrassment over mental illness and illegitimacy. Meanwhile, single mother Francine Clark is haunted by her dead, lightning-struck husband and forced to fight against both the moral judgment of the community and her own rebellious daughter, Mona. The residents of Opulence struggle with vexing relationships to the land, to one another, and to their own sexuality. As the members of the youngest generation watch their mothers and grandmothers pass away, they live with the fear of going mad themselves and must fight to survive.”

This book may be available to order at a 20% discount through Black Mountain bookstore Sassafras on Sutton. Please e-mail volunteer@swannanoavalleymuseum.org or call 828/669-9566 to receive the information to get your discount. 


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December 13, 2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Black Mountain Library
105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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