9 Tevet 5774
Welcome to JCC MetroWest's Monthly Book Group
Our book group is free, open to both members and non-members, and you can join and begin attending at any time!
Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots,
by Jessica Soffer
Wednesday, December 11, 11:00 AM, The Woodlands Clubhouse
Thursday, December 12, 7:30 PM, the JCC
Soffer's novel tells a poignant story of love, acceptance and memory in the unusual pairing of an Iraqi Jewish widow haunted by the daughter she had given away four decades before and a young teen-age girl who yearns to bring satisfaction to her mother by learning to make a dish she seemed to yearn for. The two meet improbably and feed off of each other’s hopes and desires, as well as a mouth-watering menu of Iraqi culinary specialties. Beautifully written with a deep understanding of both woman and girl, the book is a first novel for Jessica Soffer, daughter of an Iraqi Jewish artist, whose imagination and versatility bode well for her future (Moment Magazine).
by Jodi Picoult
Wednesday, January 8, 11:00 AM, The Woodlands Clubhouse
Thursday, January 9, 7:30 PM, the JCC
After Sage Singer, a baker who just lost her mother, befriends Josef Weber, an elderly man in her grief support group, the loved and respected nonagenarian reveals to her that he's a former SS officer in hiding. He seeks forgiveness, then wants to die for the terrible acts he committed at Auschwitz, where Sage's grandmother Minka was interned during the Polish occupation. Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family. When does a moral choice become a moral imperative? And where does one draw the line between punishment and justice, forgiveness and mercy? Based on extensive research, this is a powerful and riveting, sometimes gut-wrenching, read, in which the always compelling Picoult brings a fresh perspective to an oft-explored topic.
The Lost Wife,
by Alyson Richman
Wednesday, February 12, 11:00 AM, The Woodlands Clubhouse
Thursday, February 13, 7:30 PM, the JCC
Josef and Lenka meet as students in Prague in 1936 and fall instantly in love. Three years later, with Nazis crossing the border, they rush to marry, but circumstances then force them apart. Lenka remains in Europe, and Josef flees to America. For 61 years, each believes the other dead until they meet by chance at the wedding of their grandchildren, leading them to reflect on the past and the separate lives they've led. A moving, poignant story about tragedy and hope, love and loss, and the strength to endure.