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Contemporary Jewish Fiction with Cynthia Good

September 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Contemporary Jewish Fiction with Cynthia Good

Sept 23, 30 and October 7 & 14, 10:30 am

Join us for a lively discussion of two recent novels.


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Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland

Set in Atlantic City in 1934, “Florence Adler Swims Forever” tells the story of a Jewish family struggling to conceal the drowning of a cherished daughter for fear that her pregnant sister, Fannie, will lose her baby. Taking each family member in turn, Beanland writes of this tragic death and tender secret from the point of view of Fannie’s daughter, 7-year-old Gussie; Fannie’s husband, Isaac; and her parents, Joseph and Esther Adler. The narrative expands to include the perspective of the Adlers’ young refugee boarder, Anna, and the handsome non-Jewish lifeguard Stuart. As in any family, each member has its secrets, and the reader learns about and empathises with these characters, even as they hide the truth from one another.

The Tunnel by A.B. Yehoshua

From one of Israel’s greatest writers, a novel of marriage, work, politics, mental decline -and triumph. Zvi Luria is a retired engineer, whose devoted wife is concerned about his possible mental decline. The doctor they go to encourages him to live life to the fullest, and so he becomes the unpaid assistant to a young road engineer building a road inside the Ramon Crater in the Negev. Secrets and technical challenges confront Zvi, but he meets them all with wit and compassion. The reviewer in the New York Times said: “I found great beauty, not answers, in Zvi’s essential human decency. Rather than retreat inward and hide, he chooses — yes — to live.”

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September 23
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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