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Book Club – Chain Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

July 9@5:45pm-7:30pm

Join us for our bi-monthly book club gathering on July 9th at 5:45pm, we’re reading Chain Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. We will gather to socialize and discuss the book as well as sharing other books we’ve enjoyed. You are welcome to bring your own snacks or dinner. The bar will be open during the gathering.

This book should be readily available from your local library, bookstore and online venders.
From Goodreads…

Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Science Fiction (2023), Nominee for Best Debut Novel (2023) Two top women gladiators fight for their freedom within a depraved private prison system not so far-removed from America’s own. Loretta Thurwar and Hamara “Hurricane Staxxx” Stacker are the stars of Chain-Gang All-Stars, the cornerstone of CAPE, or Criminal Action Penal Entertainment, a highly-popular, highly-controversial, profit-raising program in America’s increasingly dominant private prison industry. It’s the return of the gladiators and prisoners are competing for the ultimate prize: their freedom. In CAPE, prisoners travel as Links in Chain-Gangs, competing in death-matches for packed arenas with righteous protestors at the gates. Thurwar and Staxxx, both teammates and lovers, are the fan favorites. And if all goes well, Thurwar will be free in just a few matches, a fact she carries as heavily as her lethal hammer. As she prepares to leave her fellow Links, she considers how she might help preserve their humanity, in defiance of these so-called games, but CAPE’s corporate owners will stop at nothing to protect their status quo and the obstacles they lay in Thurwar’s path have devastating consequences. Moving from the Links in the field to the protestors to the CAPE employees and beyond, Chain-Gang All-Stars is a kaleidoscopic, excoriating look at the American prison system’s unholy alliance of systemic racism, unchecked capitalism, and mass incarceration, and a clear-eyed reckoning with what freedom in this country really means.

Venue

Compass Point

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