Book Beat’s May Reading Group Selection is Eudora Welty’s novella The Robber Bridegroom. The Reading Group will meet on Wednesday, June 5 at 7pm in The Goldfish Teahouse (117 W 4th St #101 in downtown Royal Oak). All are welcome! Book’s will be discounted 15% at Book Beat.
The Robber Bridegroom– inspired by and loosely based on the Grimm fairy tale- is a Southern folk tale set in Mississippi.
Legendary figures of Mississippi’s past – flatboatman Mike Fink and the dreaded Harp brothers – mingle with characters from Eudora Welty’s own imagination in an exuberant fantasy set along the Natchez Trace. Berry-stained bandit of the woods Jamie Lockhart steals Rosamond, the beautiful daughter of pioneer planter Clement Musgrove, to set in motion this frontier fairy tale.
“For all her wild, rich fancy, Welty writes prose that is as disciplined as it is beautiful” (New Yorker)
Eudora Alice Welty was an award-winning American author who wrote short stories and novels about the American South. Her book The Optimist’s Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 and she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous awards. She was the first living author to have her works published by the Library of America.