Adult Book Club

Francis A. Gregory Library

Adult Book Club

'River, Cross My Heart' by Breena Clarke

River, Cross My Heart at DCPLJune's Book Club selection is River, Cross My Heart, an Oprah's Book Club Selection by debut author and Washington D.C. native Breena Clarke. When their youngest daughter Clara drowns in the Potomac River at the negligence of her sister, Johnnie Mae's parents suffer disappointment and grief, and she finds it difficult to move past the sorrow and guilt.

On the cusp of womanhood, Johnnie Mae must conquer her own emotional trials of her sister's tragic drowning and step out of the shadow of segregation in the big city she must now call home. Institutional and family expectations come to a head in this startlingly moving debut novel by Breena Clarke that reveals "Losing a loved one, a family member, is like losing a tooth. After a while, those teeth remaining shift and lean and spread out to split the distance between themselves and the other teeth still left, trying to close up spaces."

Join us on Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. as we discuss what Walter Kirn of Time magazine calls a story that "flows quietly but carves deep channels in the reader's mind."

Copies are available for check-out.

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