Winner of the National Jewish Book Award
"[An] ingenious work that circles around the rise of a state, the tragic destiny of a mother, a boy’s creation of a new self." — The New Yorker
A family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history. A Tale of Love and Darkness is the story of a boy who grows up in war-torn Jerusalem, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mother’s suicide. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and community to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation.
"One of the most enchanting and deeply satisfying books that I have read in many years." — New Republic
October 29, 7:30 pm - The Nation by the River by Gabe Galambos
What if there existed a secret people, the secret people part of a secret nation, the secret People of the Nation secretly living right here among us in 21st century America? When soon-to-be high-schoolers Michael Costa and his best friend L.T. Haymaker discover that the holes they are digging are being mysteriously filled, they respond by organizing night-time watches, carrying out a risky reconnaissance op of Michael's home. More importantly, they ask questions of others and ask them too of themselves--both knowing that good as it is to find something, it even is better to find out something. Michael already knows hometown Best Harbor, Massachusetts is unusual. He senses Spitters like himself, from the Spit section of town, are somehow peculiar. He suspects newcomer to town L.T. and his motives; has a hunch as to who he is, but not why he is. Who was Miguel Cortereal, the great 16th century Portuguese explorer, and why after carving his marks onto nearby Dighton Rock did he decide to remain in the New World, set up home along the out-of-the-way and hidden banks of the Taunton River? Why is it Father Sousa holds one Sunday school for Spitters, another one for Besterners? Why does Mr. Alves, the head of the parish council, have it in for Michael, have it in for all Spitters? And L.T.'s anthropologist mother and her Harvard professor boyfriend, why are they meddling? For that matter, just what are they discovering about 'the People of the Nation'--and how close are they to discovering it? The Nation by the River lets readers in on a secret society, one that David Gitlitz, author of Secrecy and Deceit and A Drizzle of Honey, says is "a community immersed in an ethos of fear and secrecy that for them validates their identity as a group apart."