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June 2019 Book Club - Fruit of the Drunken Tree

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Knit Lit! Or Crochet Lit! Or Stitch Lit! Join us for a monthly community book club where we'll discuss a book and do some handwork. Only requirement is that you read the book (or most of the book).
In 2019 we are lucky to have our friend and librarian, Jenna Wolfe, lead book club. As 2018 came to a close Virginia began contemplating what journey book club might take and how that journey might converge with our mission at gather here: to foster and build communities of inclusion. Virginia and Jenna met and discussed our passion for books and stories that tackle identity, ableism, activism, privilege, and ageism. Visit the blog for what’s coming up this spring. Learn more about Jenna and the 2019 book club mission here.


WHAT IT’S ABOUT:  Set in Colombia at the height of Pablo Escobar’s reign of terror, this devastating and stunning novel tells the story of a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who develop an unlikely friendship in the gated community of Bogota to which they reside. This friendship will ultimately test their web of safety in new, and shocking ways, as their experiences unravel and violence escalates.

WHY YOU MIGHT LIKE IT: A provocative and beautifully written debut novel, Contreras tells a haunting tale of parallel coming of age stories--from 7 year old Chula to her live in maid, Petrona--and how those stories often meet and diverge to create new meaning.

FOR FANS OF: heart wrenching prose, lush, lyrical storytelling, coming of age stories.

You can pick up a copy of the book at our favorite local bookstores! Harvard Bookstore, Porter Square Books, and don't forget your local library!

Limited to 10 participants (17 yrs of age or older); 4 participants are required for book club to meet. This event is free but we do require you register so we know how many seats to put in the "reading nook".

  • Level:  Intermediate (you are working on your own project and we won't let you fail but this event is mostly for talking about the book and a little bit about you knitting)
  • We provide: lively discussion, and great company
  • You bring: a copy of the book or your notes or whatever and your knitting/crochet/embroidery project. Maybe a beverage...
  • 2 hours 


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