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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.
The Invisible Wall,
by Harry Bernstein
Thursday, March 13, 7:30 PM
A gripping coming-of-age memoir of Bernstein's childhood in a poverty-stricken and religiously divided mill town in northern England before and during World War I. Home to both Christian and Jewish families, the street where Bernstein grew up was defined by the strict social and vocational segregation of the two religious groups. Bernstein deftly narrates the tale of his sister's forbidden love for a Christian boy from the other side of the street. From the perspective of his boyhood self, Bernstein offers a glimpse into a family riven by poverty, sibling jealousies, and an abusive, alcoholic father, yet held together tenaciously by a caring mother. In the tradition of Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes. (Library Journal Review)
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.
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)