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Club Codex (October 2023): "Sorrowland" by Rivers Solomon

Club Codex (October 2023): "Sorrowland" by Rivers Solomon

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Our Club Codex selection for October is Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon. We’re starting this novel a bit late because the previous discussion went longer than expected. Solomon received the Otherwise Award for Sorrowland in January.

From the publisher’s website:

“Vern—seven months pregnant and desperate to escape the strict religious compound where she was raised—flees for the shelter of the woods. There, she gives birth to twins, and plans to raise them far from the influence of the outside world.

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But even in the forest, Vern is a hunted woman. Forced to fight back against the community that refuses to let her go, she unleashes incredible brutality far beyond what a person should be capable of, her body wracked by inexplicable and uncanny changes.

To understand her metamorphosis and to protect her small family, Vern has to face the past, and more troublingly, the future—outside the woods. Finding the truth will mean uncovering the secrets of the compound she fled but also the violent history in America that produced it.”

Here's the discussion schedule in October:

Week of October 15: Chapters 1-9

Week of October 22: Chapters 10-18

Week of October 29: Chapters 19-28

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The Club Codex selections for the rest of the year are as follows:

November: The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler

December: Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak by Charlie Jane Anders1

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“Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak” is the second book in Anders’ Unstoppable trilogy. Participants in this discussion are encouraged to read the first novel, “Victories Greater Than Death”, in advance.