I'm thrilled to announce the next Book Club Girl on Air show in collaboration with Books-a-Million bookstores. In honor of their pick of Deborah Johnson's novel, The Air Between Us, as their June literary book club pick, we'll be inviting all of BAM's customers, as well as all of you, to participate in a book club conversation with Johnson on Wednesday, June 3rd at 2 pm EST.
Revere, Mississippi, with its population of "20,000 and sinking," is not unlike most Southern towns in the 1960s. Blacks live on one side of town and whites on the other. The two rarely mix. Or so everyone believes. But the truth is brought to the forefront when Critter, who is only ten, black and barely tall enough to see over the dashboard, drives Billy Ray—wounded in a suspicious hunting accident—to the segregated Doctor's Hospital. Dr. Cooper Connelly, the town's most high-profile resident, assures Billy Ray's family he'll be fine. He dies, however, and most people assume it is just a typical hunting accident—until the sheriff orders an investigation.
Suddenly the connections between white and black are revealed to be deeper than anyone expects, which makes the town's struggle with integration that much more complicated and consuming. Dr. Connelly takes an unexpectedly progressive view toward integration; the esteemed Dr. Reese Jackson, who is so prominent that even Ebony has profiled him, tries to stay above the fray. At times, it seems the town's only distraction is the racially ambiguous Madame Melba, a fortune-teller and "voyeur" with a past.
Booklist said of The Air Between Us: "this heartwarming novel will strike a chord with fans of Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees." You can browse inside the book here and check out the reading group guide here.
Set your reminder for the show with Deborah Johnson on 6/3 here! You can call in live and ask her your questions directly at 347-945-6149 or type them in via chat and we'll ask them. Be sure to register at Blog Talk Radio prior to the show to make sure you can participate in the chat right away. Can't wait to talk to all of you!