Kindred, Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 of the Online Book Club discussion of Kindred by Octavia E. Butler.

The Online Book Club, if you've never joined us before, is a book discussion group that takes place entirely online. Each week, I write a new blog post that talks about different aspects of the book, and you can interact directly with me and other readers by leaving your comments. Check back each week and see what new topics we're talking about.

Kindred is a time travel historical novel in which a woman living in the 1970s gets pulled backwards in time to the antebellum South. Dana, the modern woman, is summoned to this time period to save the son of a plantation owner, and after this first time travel, she is pulled back again and again against her will. Each journey back in time is more dangerous than the last, and soon, Dana doesn't know if she will survive long enough to make it back to her regular life. 

If you want to follow along with us but you aren't interested in reading the book, you can always watch the television adaptation which runs on Hulu. Make sure to put a hold on one of our Roku sticks to catch the series if you don't have Hulu at home. Check out the trailer above for the television adaptation if you want to get a feel for the series. Feel free to still leave comments on the blog posts, even if you're only watching the series and not reading the book.

We'll read through the section entitled, "The Fall," so make sure to check those out before reading the next blog post. I look forward to hearing from you in the comments!