Sunday, July 26th, Soulful Readers book group convened at Cafe Caspian. The discussion revolved around Tananarive Due’s My Soul to Keep…and since we didn’t have any male members present, we did a little male bashing too. That’s always fun. Join us on Facebook to stay abreast on upcoming meeting information.
Interested in discovering what we’ve selected for the month of August? Check it out:
Date: Sunday, August 30, 2009
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Street: 3929 Southwest Freeway
City/State: Houston, Texas
Twenty-eight-year-old protagonist Tommy Lee Tyson steps off the Greyhound bus in his hometown of Swamp Creek, Arkansas—a place he left when he was eighteen, vowing never to return. Yet fate and a Ph.D. in black studies force him back to his rural origins as he seeks to understand himself and the black community that produced him. A cold, nonchalant father and an emotionally indifferent mother make his return, after a ten-year hiatus, practically unbearable, and the discovery of his baby sister’s death and her burial in the backyard almost consumes him. His mother watches his agony when he discovers his sister’s tombstone, but neither she nor other family members is willing to disclose the secret of her death. Only after being prodded incessantly does his older brother, Willie James, relent and provide Tommy Lee with enough knowledge to figure out exactly what happened and why. Meanwhile, Tommy’s seventy-year-old teacher—lying on her deathbed—asks him to remain in Swamp Creek and assume her position as the headmaster of the one-room schoolhouse. He refuses vehemently and she dies having bequeathed him her five thousand–book collection in the hopes that he will change his mind. Over the course of a one-week visit, riddled with tension, heartache, and revelation, Tommy Lee Tyson discovers truths about his family, his community, and his undeniable connection to rural Southern black folk and their ways.
Happy reading, y’all.