Common Readers: Flight of the Sparrow

The Common Reader book discussion group will be reading Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown for its October meeting.

Flight of the Sparrow is a historical fiction book about the true story of Mary Rowlandson. “Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1676. Even before Mary Rowlandson is captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, she sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader, made a pawn in the on-going bloody struggle between English settlers and native people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors’ open and straightforward way of life, a feeling further complicated by her attraction to a generous, protective English-speaking native known as James Printer. All her life, Mary has been taught to fear God, submit to her husband, and abhor Indians. Now, having lived on the other side of the forest, she begins to question the edicts that have guided her, torn between the life she knew and the wisdom the natives have shown her.”

Common Readers will meet from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2020, at Open Door Resource Center. The book club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Readers can join the group for one, several, or all of the meetings. The remaining 2020 schedule is as follows: Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown for October 20 and A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline for November 17. There is not a meeting in December. The title for each month will be available at the Upper Sandusky Community Library in a variety of formats.

For more information about this or any other Upper Sandusky Community Library program, stop by the front desk or call the library at 419-294-1345.

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