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Date/Time: Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 19:00

no visible bruises


Book Club - No Visible Bruises


March 8 was International Women’s Day and 2020 "is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women … This day is also a call to action to highlight continuing gender inequality and violence against women."


The Book Club will be reading No Visible Bruises. Parul Sehgal of The New York Times writes: “In this extraordinary new book, Rachel Louise Snyder reports on what the World Health Organization has called ‘a global health problem of epidemic proportions’… In America alone, more than half of all murdered women are killed by a current or former partner. Domestic violence cuts across lines of class, race and religion… Between 2000 and 2006, 3,200 American soldiers were killed in combat. During that same period, in the United States, more than three times as many women died at the hands of their husbands and boyfriends.

This book, winner of the prestigious J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award, takes apart the myths that surround domestic violence, many of which Snyder herself once believe … Books that want to raise an alarm don't always aspire to literature, but to be effective—to persuade—they must be literary; they must be obsessed with matters of rhythm, form and language…[Snyder] brings all of fiction's techniques to this new book—canny pacing, an eye for the animating detail and bursts of quick, confident characterization. There is a fullness and density to every one of her subjects…This is a writer using every tool at her disposal to make this story come alive, to make it matter.”

New York Times book review, see https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/books/review-no-visible-bruises-domestic-violence-rachel-louise-snyder.html?searchResultPosition=6


We hope you’ll join us for a discussion of this extraordinary book!



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