BOOK DISCUSSION: SMALL ISLAND by Andrea Levy , Wednesday, July 18th, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm with Vara Neverow
Hortense Joseph arrives in London from Jamaica in 1948 with her life in her suitcase. Gilbert Joseph returns from the war expecting to be received as a hero, but finds his status as a black man in Britain to be second class. Queenie, befriends Gilbert and Hortense, until the arrival of her husband, who returns from combat with issues of his own to resolve. Small Island is a courageous novel of compassion and of reckless optimism—in short, an encapsulation of the immigrant’s life. Sign up 647-5530.