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Greeneville

Library Book Club

The Library Book Club meets monthly to discuss a common title!

Library Book Club
Library Book Club

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May 20, 2024, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Greeneville, 210 N Main St, Greeneville, TN 37743, USA

About the event

Join us Monday, April 15th at 5:30 pm for a thoughtful discussion of a story involving a discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history. From these strands, Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.

Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack. 

New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.  

Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse—one studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.

No registration is required and all are welcome! Again, we'll be discussing the book on Monday, April 15th at 5:30 pm , and copies are available to check out now at the Greeneville/Greene County Public Library! If you have any questions, call us at 423-638-5034.

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