Books and Biscuits Club Discuss 'The Good Lord Bird"

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Books and Biscuits Club Discuss ‘The Good Lord Bird”

Books and Biscuits Book Club met recently at the Cook-Hill Bed and Breakfast in historic Grand Cane. After an amazing lunch, Jerline Jackson led the group discussion on James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird, a National Book Award in Fiction winner (2013).

The Good Lord Bird is a recreation of the last years and days of the abolitionist John Brown told through the eyes of a young slave who accompanied Brown on his last campaign.

Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town with Brown, who believes he’s a girl. John Brown nicknames him/her “Onion” because Henry ate Brown’s lucky onion! So Henry soon finds himself in a dress and most of the time it works for him because the Old Man (Brown) doesn’t believe in women fighting.

 

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