February Book Club Discussion

Hi there,

You’re invited to an upcoming book club discussion on February 20, 2021 at 3:00 PM Eastern, 2:00 PM Central,1:00 PM Mountain and 12:00 PM Pacific (US and Canada)

The Prophets
By: Robert Jones Jr
Synopsis
A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.

Isaiah was Samuel’s and Samuel was Isaiah’s. That was the way it was since the beginning, and the way it was to be until the end. In the barn they tended to the animals, but also to each other, transforming the hollowed-out shed into a place of human refuge, a source of intimacy and hope in a world ruled by vicious masters. But when an older man—a fellow slave—seeks to gain favor by preaching the master’s gospel on the plantation, the enslaved begin to turn on their own. Isaiah and Samuel’s love, which was once so simple, is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation’s harmony.

With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr. fiercely summons the voices of slaver and the enslaved alike to tell the story of these two men; from Amos the preacher to the calculating slave-master himself to the long line of women that surround them, women who have carried the soul of the plantation on their shoulders. As tensions build and the weight of centuries—of ancestors and future generations to come—culminate in a climactic reckoning, The Prophets masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.

Search for The Prophets on Amazon

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcode2urTojEtKKJlI3hC2a_iKsnLqUJ7UD

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting and the ability to save to your calendar of choice.

Please Note: This novel contains a trigger warning for those who have survived sexual assault.

2 thoughts on “February Book Club Discussion

  1. Hi Will,

    Just finished listening to the audiobook version of this book. It was an interesting listen for sure. Thank you for the recommendation.

    I was hoping to join the book club discussion, but I’m in Japan so the time zone difference is too much, especially after the long week I’ve had.

    Hope it goes well, and I look forward to your recommendation for next month.

    Best wishes,

    Jared

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    1. Hey Jared! Thanks for taking my recommendation. You still might get to join though. With the terrible weather here in Texas, I’ve decided to postpone for a couple of weeks. I’ll be more mindful of time differences. Happy reading 📑

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