October LezRead: ‘Mostly Dead Things’

BTL Staff
By | 2019-10-09T17:13:36-04:00 October 9th, 2019|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods|

Hosted by the Jim Toy Community Center, LezRead is a book club for queer women that meets on the fourth Sunday of each month. In the group’s next meeting on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. The group will be reading “Mostly Dead Things” by Kristen Arnett.
The book tells the story of Jessa-Lynn Morton who one day discovers that her father has committed suicide in the family taxidermy business. Despite her grief, Morton does her best to keep the business afloat while “the rest of the family crumbles.”
“Her mother starts sneaking into the shop to make aggressively lewd art with the taxidermied animals. Her brother Milo withdraws, struggling to function. And Brynn, Milo’s wife―and the only person Jessa’s ever been in love with―walks out without a word. As Jessa seeks out less-than-legal ways of generating income, her mother’s art escalates — picture a figure of her dead husband and a stuffed buffalo in an uncomfortably sexual pose — and the Mortons reach a tipping point,” says the book’s description. “For the first time, Jessa has no choice but to learn who these people truly are, and ultimately how she fits alongside them. Kristen Arnett’s debut novel is a darkly funny, heart-wrenching and eccentric look at loss and love.”
LezRead is held at the Jim Toy Center located at 319 Braun Court in Ann Arbor. New members are welcome and encouraged to email kerene.moore@gmail.com to join the private Facebook group.

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