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November Book Club Selection

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Sun, November 29, 2020
04:00PM - 05:30PM
Virtual Event
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The November book club selection is The Pickup, a 2001 novel by South African writer Nadine Gordimer. It tells the story of a couple: Julie, a white woman from a financially secure family, and Abdu, an Arab immigrant in South Africa. After Abdu's visa is refused, the couple returns to his unnamed homeland, where she is the alien. Her experiences and growth as an alien in another culture form the heart of the work. The Pickup considers the issues of displacement, alienation, and immigration, class and economic power, religious faith, and the ability of people to see and love across these divides. This novel won the 2002 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best Book from Africa.

The Pickup was on the longlist for the 2001 Man Booker Prize.  

Nadine Gordimer was a South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Gordimer's writing dealt with moral and racial issues, particularly apartheid in South Africa. Under that regime, works such as Burger's Daughter and July's People were banned. She was active in the anti-apartheid movement, joining the African National Congress during the days when the organization was banned, and gave Nelson Mandela advice on his famous 1964 defence speech at the trial which led to his conviction for life. She was also active in HIV/AIDS causes.

Club members, alumni, students, parents and their guests are invited to join in.

Stanford Club of Georgia

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