DR. SANDRA YOUNG DISCUSSES FLEDGLING BY OCTAVIA BUTLER
Pick up a copy of Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler at the Rockingham Library’s front desk today and then join the book discussion led by Dr. Sandra Young on Monday, February 24 at 4 pm. Fledgling is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly inhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted – and still wants – to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of “otherness” and questions what it means to be truly human. Light refreshments will be served.
The author, who passed away in 2006, was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and two each of the coveted Nebula and Hugo awards – science fiction’s equivalent of the National Book Award. She became one of science fiction’s best-known female writers, along with Ursula LeGuinn and Madeleine L’Engle and she is the most prominent black writer in this genre. Her novel Kindred was re-released in 2017 in a graphic novel format. The discussion leader for Fledgling is Dr. Sandra Young, former Associate Director of Boston College’s African & African Diaspora Studies Program and Adjunct Professor at Boston College.