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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!

JEWS IN ENGLAND

Mini-Series March, April, May

A memoir and two novels set in England during time periods ranging from World War I to the present day. By reading them chronologically, we hope to learn about the Jewish community in England through history.

April

 

 

The List,

by Martin Fletcher

 

Thursday, April 10, 7:30 PM

Martin Fletcher has captivated television audiences for thirty-five years as a foreign correspondent for NBC News. In this gripping story of a young Jewish family struggling to stay afloat in post-World War II London, Fletcher combines his own family’s history with meticulous research. Austrian refugees Georg and Edith await the birth of their first child. Yet how can they celebrate when almost every day brings news of another relative or friend murdered in the Holocaust? Their struggle to rebuild their lives is further threatened by growing anti-Semitism in London's streets; Englishmen want to take homes and jobs from Jewish refugees and give them to returning servicemen. A sensitive, deeply touching, and impossible-to-forget story.

May

 

The Innocents,

by Francesca Segal

 

Thursday, May 15, 7:30 PM

Nice, reliable Adam is engaged to Rachel, the perfect Jewish girl, in a closely knit North West London Jewish community. But Rachel's free-spirited cousin Ellie, back from a scandalous time in the U.S., makes him feel not so nice and not so reliable. He falls for Ellie, but the machinations of both his fiancee and his community create obstacles to his desires. Inspired by Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, Segal's book is warmer, funnier, and paints a more dynamic and human portrait of a functional community that is a wonderful juxtaposition to Wharton's cold social strata in Gilded Age New York. Segal took the theme of a well-known novel and made it her own. Lively and entertaining. (Publisher's Weekly)

 

June

 

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid

by Shani Boianjiu

 

Thursday, June 12, 7:30 PM

Yael, Avishag and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village.  When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain.  Yael trains marksmen and flirts with boys.  Asighag stands guard, watching refugees throw themselves at barbed wire fences.  Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day.  They gossip about boys and whisper of an ever more violent world just beyond view.  They drill, constantly, for a moment that may never come.  In a relentlessly energentic and arresting voice marked by humor and fierce intelligence, Shani Boianjiu creates an unforgettably intense world, capturing that unique time in a young woman's life when a single moment can change everything.

 

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