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LWVPA Book Discussion: Maame


Join Chris Jessee

LWVPA Book Club Facilitator

for a discussion of
Maame
by Jessica George

Thursday, January 11, 2024, 10–11:30 am

Palatine Public Library meeting room 1-North
[not our usual room]




 


About the book: Maame (ma-meh) has many meanings in Twi but in my case, it means woman.

It’s fair to say that Maddie’s life in London is far from rewarding. With a mother who spends most of her time in Ghana (yet still somehow manages to be overbearing), Maddie is the primary caretaker for her father, who suffers from advanced stage Parkinson’s. At work, her boss is a nightmare and Maddie is tired of always being the only Black person in every meeting.


When her mum returns from her latest trip to Ghana, Maddie leaps at the chance to get out of the family home and finally start living. A self-acknowledged late bloomer, she’s ready to experience some important “firsts”: She finds a flat share, says yes to after-work drinks, pushes for more recognition in her career, and throws herself into the bewildering world of internet dating. But it's not long before tragedy strikes, forcing Maddie to face the true nature of her unconventional family, and the perils—and rewards—of putting her heart on the line.

Smart, funny, and deeply affecting, Jessica George's Maame deals with the themes of our time with humor and poignancy: from familial duty and racism, to female pleasure, the complexity of love, and the life-saving power of friendship. Most important, it explores what it feels like to be torn between two homes and cultures―and it celebrates finally being able to find where you belong.



LWVPA Book Club meetings are focused and engaging discussions of fiction and nonfiction books about current social and political issues, open to LWVPA members and their guests. Our facilitators select the books and lead the discussion.



When:
Thursday, January 11, 2024, 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM Central Time (US & Canada) (UTC-06:00)
Where:
Palatine Public Library meeting room 1 north [not our usual room]
Palatine Public Library
700 N. North Court
Palatine, IL  60067

(847) 907-3600
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Debby Brauer
Category:
Book Discussion
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Capacity:
24
Available Slots:
14
No Fee

The League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area is a nonpartisan political organization and does not support any political party or candidate.