Fiction: Exploring Others and Ourselves

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Fri. March 24, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


Elizabeth Poliner (As Close to Us as Breathing), Jonathan Rabb (Among the Living), and Domnica Radulescu (Country of Red Azaleas) have written moving, insightful novels that ask pertinent questions about the meaning of place and identity, exploring who we are and what we believe.

Why Should You Attend?

“If summer, for you, recalls days spent by the seashore, Poliner’s saga of three Jewish sisters and the beachfront cottage they share with their families–until life-altering tragedy strikes–will enthrall you.”―O, the Oprah Magazine

“[Among the Living] vividly reveals the complex texture of Savannah’s thriving Jewish community, its diversity as well as its heroism, but also the clash between Reform and Conservative Jews and the lingering prejudice against African Americans. This stirring, powerful novel never sugarcoats its themes or characters; what emerges is a hard-won realism and a compelling look at one corner of the postwar world.” –Booklist

“[Country of Red Azaleas is…] Filled with full-bodied, multifaceted characters… a profoundly uplifting and optimistic novel…a gripping story, important for its poignancy as well as its insights into the human condition.”―Washington Independent Review of Books