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NHS DEep dIve Book Discussion Meeting Set For February 23



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The DEep dIve Book Discussion Group, based out of Newtown High School and open to NHS students and all community members, has scheduled a meeting for Thursday, February 23, at 6 pm, at Newtown High School in room B141, 12 Berkshire Road.

The group will be discussing the book Horse by Geraldine Brooks.

A description for the book on the group’s website reads, “Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack. New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance. Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse — one studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success. Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism...”

For more information about the DEep dIve Book Discussion Group see its website sites.google.com/newtown.k12.ct.us/nhs-dei-book-group/home.

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