TBE Book Club

Join us for a lively discussion! All are welcome! 

March 25, 7:30 pm*  - Blue Mountain by Meir Shalev

*Please note new date

The absorbing first novel by one of Israel's most important and acclaimed contemporary writers focuses on four idealistic early settlers of the modern state of Israel. Set in a small rural village prior to the creation of the State of Israel, this funny and hugely imaginative book paints an extraordinary picture of a small community of Ukrainian immigrants as they pioneer a new life in a new land over three generations. Narrated by Baruch, a grandson of one of the founding fathers of the village, this lyrical novel transcends time and place by touching on issues of universal relevance, showcasing the skill of a master storyteller who never fails to entertain.

 

 April 29, 7:30 pm - All I Love and Know, by Judith Frank

This is a searing drama of a modern American family on the brink of dissolution, one that explores adoption, gay marriage, and love lost and found.

For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in many ways, they have grown together and made their relationship work. But when they learn that Daniel's twin brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, their lives are suddenly, utterly transformed.

In dealing with their families and the need to make a decision about who will raise the deceased couple's two children, both Matthew and Daniel are confronted with challenges that strike at the very heart of their relationship. What is Matthew's place in an extended family that does not completely accept him or the commitment he and Daniel have made? How do Daniel's questions about his identity as a Jewish man affect his life as a gay American? Tensions only intensify when they learn that the deceased parents wanted Matthew and Daniel to adopt the children-six year old Gal, and baby Noam.

The impact this instant new family has on Matthew, Daniel, and their relationship is subtle and heartbreaking, yet not without glimmers of hope. They must learn to reinvent and redefine their bond in profound, sometimes painful ways. What kind of parents can these two men really be? How does a family become strong enough to stay together and endure? And are there limits to honesty or commitment-or love?


2014-2015 Schedule

(All meetings run from 7:30-9:00 pm) 

September 17, 201Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
October 29The Nation by the River by Gabe Galambos
November 19The Family Moskat by Isaac Bashevis Singer
December 17Nemesis by Philip Roth
January 28, 2015

Event rescheduled to February 25 (due to snow)

February 25

What Do Jews Believe? by David Ariel

March 25

Blue Mountain by Meir Shalev

April 29 
May 27 
June 24 

Helene Kress, helenewk@rcn.com
Trina Reinach, sreinach@rcn.com