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Fantasy & Sci-Fi Book Group

November 18, 2021 ∙ 7:30 - 8:30pm
1st floor – Meeting Room A
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Add to Calendar 2021-11-18 19:30:00 2021-11-18 20:30:00 America/Chicago Fantasy & Sci-Fi Book Group November's selection is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Drop-ins welcome. internal
Fantasy & Sci-Fi Book Group

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Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

- Goodreads

The Fantasy & Sci-Fi Book Group meets on the 3rd Thursday of odd numbered months. Participants can grab a copy of the book being discussed one month before the discussion date at the Adult Reference Desk, or check out a copy through Libby/Overdrive. 



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