A Let's Talk About It series
The novels in this series are extraordinarily well-placed windows from which to observe and understand the impact of the Depression on so many Americans, dramatizing the widely diverse ways that people coped with disaster. Some of these writers are made hopeful by a vision of social solidarity among Americans of traditionally antagonistic race and class. Others see tragedy in the symbolic exhaustion of heroism in figures who in any earlier period would have embodied an inexhaustible American optimism. Whatever the theme and tone of these novels written in the Thirties, they transport their readers into an age of anxiety, struggle, defeat, and despair.
Dates: January 16, February 20, March 13, April 17, and May 15, 2019
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