Review: Corregidora

Book cover for Corregidora by Gayl JonesThe following review was submitted by a DBRL patron during our 2011 Adult Summer Reading program.

Ursa Corregidora, a young black lounge singer in post-WWII Kentucky, suffers the miscarriage of her first child and cannot bear any more children. This is at odds with the imperative driven into her since her birth for her to “make generations” to whom she can orally pass on the horrors of slavery (white plantation owners raping and impregnating black female slaves with impunity). This storytelling practice was begun by her great-grandmother, a former slave, and passed to her daughter and granddaughter. So what can Ursa do when her purpose in life is gone? That question was ever-present as I read, the first-person point of view making me feel every inch of Ursa’s dilemma. A cathartic read that will change any reader’s view of slavery.

For more reading recommendations related to Black History Month, see February’s Literary Links, a column that appears monthly in the Ovation section of the Columbia Daily Tribune.

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