Hello Spartans! For February I wanted to celebrate the love with Valentine's Day, but also honour and acknowledge Black History Month. I decided to make The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson the Valentine's book of the month, and Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill the book honouring Black History Month. To learn more about each book read on!
As the story opens, the narrator of The Gargoyle is burned almost beyond recognition in a car accident. Filled with self-hatred and depression he is ready to take his own life, when a beautiful women enters his room. Her name is Marianne Engel and she tells him she's know him for several hundred years. Marianne weaves the story of their lives together, and intertwines it with other mesmerizing and beautiful love stories from Japan, Iceland, Italy and England. She carves gargoyles out of stone for a living, and slowly nurses her own "gargoyle" back to health, but god has told her she only has 27 sculptures left to create, and what will happen then.....? (Andrew Davidson is a Canadian author, and this is his first novel- what an accomplishment!!!)
Abducted as an 11-year-old child from her village in West Africa and
forced to walk for months to the sea in a coffle—a string of slaves—
Aminata Diallo is sent to live as a slave in South Carolina. But years
later, she forges her way to freedom, serving the British in the
Revolutionary War and registering her name in the historic “Book of
Negroes.” This book, an actual document, provides a short but immensely
revealing record of freed Loyalist slaves who requested permission to
leave the US for resettlement in Nova Scotia. (amazon.ca)
Both our authors for the month of February are Canadian! How cool is that?!