Virtual Book Group; or ‘The Taming of the Zoom’ – ‘This Brutal House’ by Niven Govinden
Thu 24 Sep 2020
7:00pm at a laptop screen near you!
Mr B’s book groups are back!
Of course, we would love nothing more that to open the doors at 13-15 John Street and fill the place with bibliophiles eager for a book-based natter, but annoyingly we’re still stuck in a global pandemic. We’ve decided that’s not going to stop us, so we’re going virtual! Our book groups may look a little different for now, but will be just as joyously bookish as always.
We’re kicking off with a recent favourite of Jess’s, ‘This Brutal House’ by Niven Govinden.
On the steps of New York’s City Hall, five ageing Mothers sit in silent protest. They are the guardians of the vogue ball community – queer men who opened their hearts and homes to countless lost Children, providing safe spaces for them to explore their true selves.
Through epochs of city nightlife, from draconian to liberal, the Children have been going missing; their absences ignored by the authorities and uninvestigated by the police. In a final act of dissent the Mothers have come to pray: to expose their personal struggle beneath our age of protest, and commemorate their loss until justice is served.
Watching from City Hall’s windows is city clerk, Teddy. Raised by the Mothers, he is now charged with brokering an uneasy truce.
With echoes of James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson and Rachel Kushner, Niven Govinden asks what happens when a generation remembered for a single, lavish decade has been forced to grow up, and what it means to be a parent in a confused and complex society.
Attending our book group is completely free – just register above to reserve your space in the group, and we will drop you an email just before the event with the link to the group chat.