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Book Talk; The Takeaway Men, with Meryl Ain
November 25, 2020, 7:30-8:30 pm
Join award-winning author Meryl Ain as we take a close look at her novel, The Takeaway Men.
The Takeaway Men, tells the story of twin sisters, who along with their parents, come to the U.S. from a DP Camp after the Holocaust. In the years after World War II, they experience the difficulties of adjusting to American culture as well as the burgeoning fear of the Cold War. As the girls get older, they start to wonder about their parents’ pasts, and they begin to demand answers. The Takeaway Men explores the impact of immigration, Jewish identity, prejudice, secrets, and lies on parents and children in mid-twentieth-century America.
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Dr. Meryl Ain is a writer, author, and career educator. Her articles and essays have appeared in Huffington Post, The New York Jewish Week, Kveller, The New York Times, Newsday and other publications. In 2014, she co-authored the award-winning book, The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last, and in 2016, wrote a companion workbook, My Living Memories Project Journal.
The Takeaway Men, her award-winning, debut novel, is the result of her life-long quest to learn more about the Holocaust, a thirst that was first triggered by reading The Diary of Anne Frank in the sixth grade. She has been reading and writing, researching, and teaching about the Holocaust ever since — as a history teacher, author, school administrator and life-long learner.
The Takeaway Men was named Winner in the Historical Fiction Category of the American Fiction Awards. It is also a Finalist in the Canadian Book Club Awards.
Meryl holds degrees from Queens College, Columbia University and Hofstra University. She lives in New York with her husband, Stewart, a journalist.