Book Woman Book Group Discussion: On The Outskirts Of Normal

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Book Woman Book Group Discussion: On The Outskirts Of Normal
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On the Outskirts of Normal: Forging a Family Against the Grain
by Debra Monroe

A white single mother adopts a black child in Central Texas and learns what it means to build a family.

After moving to a humble cottage outside of a tiny Texas town, Debra Monroe rids herself of an abusive husband, battles sexist contractors and workers as she renovates her home, and finally, after several disheartening letdowns, is able to adopt her beautiful baby daughter, Marie. Though elated that her dream is coming true, Monroe faces trials that befall her not just as a single mother but as a white mother of a black child. In On the Outskirts of Normal, two-time National Book Award nominee Monroe’s heart creaks “like china with hairline cracks” each time a racist comment rolls their way or stares linger a little too long in their direction. Though she and her daughter face serious undiagnosed illnesses leading to innumerable, painful doctor visits, Monroe remains steadfast in her dedication to Marie and their small but tight family.

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, this is considered our November meeting-- we had to "slide' forward . We will "slide" forward again in December, which means that we will meet twice in January- on January 7th and again on January 28th.

New members are welcome. Please join us!
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