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Wrapping Up Our Discussion of “The Warmth of Other Suns”

This is a book I was sorry to finish. When I reached the end, I wanted more stories of Ida Mae Gladney, George Starling, and Robert Foster. I want to begin to bring the discussion to a close with a quote from the author’s introduction:

“The actions of the people in this book were both universal and distinctly American. Their migration was a response to an economic and social structure not of their making. They did what humans have done for centuries when life became untenable — what the pilgrims did under the tyranny of British rule, what the Scotch-Irish did in Oklahoma when the land turned to dust, what the Irish did when there was nothing to eat, what the European Jews did during the spread of Nazism, what the landless in Russia, Italy, China, and elsewhere did when something better across the ocean called to them. What binds these stories together was the back-against-the-wall, reluctant yet hopeful search for something better, any place but where they were. They did what human beings looking for freedom, throughout history, have often done.

They left.”

Through reading and discussing this book, I learned more about a the history of this country and a few things about myself. Please share with us your own parting thoughts about this book, and the tough topics it addresses.

Join us next week as Molly Keener begins the discussion of JK Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy”.

Category: Discussion, The Warmth of Other Suns

One Response to Wrapping Up Our Discussion of “The Warmth of Other Suns”

  1. Molly Keener says:

    I am slightly chagrined to admit that I still haven’t finished the book. However, it’s not for lack of interest, but rather because this isn’t a book I want to rush through. I have been ashamed to realize how ignorant I was of the daily horrors of what life in the Jim Crow South, and elsewhere in the “James” Crow America, actually looked like. I was born well after the era officially ended, although now I see echoes of it in more areas than before. As I am reading about Ida Mae, George, Robert, and countless others of the Great Migration, I am consciously slowing my pace so that I might more fully absorb the lessons of history shared in this book as never before.

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