November 16, 2023
Read and discuss "Kindred," by Octavia Butler. Copies of the book are available for borrowing.
Dana’s torment begins when she suddenly vanishes on her 26th birthday from California, 1976, and is dragged through time to antebellum Maryland to rescue a boy named Rufus, heir to a slaveowner’s plantation. She soon realizes the purpose of her summons to the past: Protect Rufus to ensure his assault of her Black ancestor so that she may one day be born. As Dana endures the traumas of slavery and the normalization of savagery, she fights to keep her autonomy and return to the present.