Serious ‘Tale’ captures reader interest

Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011


The serious storyline of “Mudbound,” this year’s selection in the “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project, made for many rich discussion topics, according to Kim Gibson of Haxton Memorial Library, 3 North Pearl St., Oakfield.

Haxton hosted a book discussion Monday for Hillary Jordan’s novel. About a half-dozen readers attended.

The novel follows the struggles of a white family and a black family on a farm in post World War II Mississippi.

“All readers agreed that ‘Mudbound’s’ very serious storyline made for many in depth topics to talk about,” Gibson tells us.

Participants were most interested in reading about a true snapshot of life in the Deep South in the 1940s and how strong racism was during that time era.

One reader, Gibson reports, commented on how the author had great character development throughout the book, making each character very easy to visualize how they looked and who they were inside.

Even though “Mudbound” had some very grim parts throughout the book, most agreed it was well worth the read in the end, Gibson said.

Discussion are scheduled through through March 9 at libraries in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. Jordan will visit March 10 to 12.

Upcoming discussions include:

Thursday: 7 p.m. Byron-Bergen Public Library, 13 South Lake Ave., Bergen, (585) 494-1120.

Feb. 12: 1 p.m. Wyoming Free Library, 114 South Academy St., Wyoming, (585) 495-6840.

Feb. 16: 7 p.m. Swan Library, 4 North Main St., Albion, (585) 589-4246.

Feb. 17: 6 p.m. Woodward Memorial Library, 7 Wolcott St., Le Roy, (585) 768-8300.

Also on Thursday, the first of two presentations by Ray Cianfrini about the Ku Klux Klan in Genesee County is scheduled at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia. The details:

* CLASH OF CULTURES: THE RISE OF THE KKK IN GENESEE COUNTY: Oakfield attorney RayCianfrini, who has done extensive research on immigration and the KKK, will present talks at 7 p.m. Thursday in Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia, and at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Genesee Community College (Room T-119), Batavia. Admission to both programs is free.

What parts of “Mudbound” stick with you after reading? Do you think the portrayal of racism in the novel is an accurate reflection of the era in which the novel is set?

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