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Women’s Auxiliary Book Group
Tuesday, Mar 4th, 2008 12:30 PM

One East 65th Street

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Read the first chapter of
The World to Come
.
abbi Amy Ehrlich will lead our discussion of
The World to Come
, written by award-winning author Dara Horn. A million-dollar painting by Marc Chagall is stolen from a museum during a singles’ cocktail hour. The unlikely thief is Benjamin Ziskind, a lonely former child prodigy who writes questions for quiz shows and who is sure the painting used to hang on a wall of his parents’ living room. As Ben tries to evade the police, he and his twin sister, Sara, seek out the truth of how the painting got to the museum, whether the “original” is actually a forgery, and whether Sara, an artist, can create a convincing forgery to take its place.

Ms. Horn interweaves mystery, romance, folklore, theology, history and scripture into a spellbinding modern tale. She brings us on a breathtaking collision course of past, present and future — revealing both the ordinariness and the beauty of “the world to come.” Nestling stories within stories, this is a novel of remarkable clarity and deep inner meaning.

DARA HORN was born in New Jersey in 1977. She received her docorate in comparative literature from Harvard University in 2006, studying Hebrew and Yiddish. Her first novel, In the Image, published by W.W. Norton when she was 25, received a 2003 National Jewish Book Award, the 2002 Edward Lewis Wallant Award and the 2003 Reform Judaism Fiction Prize. Her second novel, The World to Come, received the 2006 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction and the 2007 Harold U. Ribalow Prize. It also was selected as an Editor’s Choice in The New York Times Book Review and as one of the Best Books of 2006 by The San Francisco Chronicle. In 2007 Ms. Horn was chosen by Granta magazine as one of the Best Young American Novelists. She has taught courses in Jewish literature and Israeli history at Harvard and at Sarah Lawrence College, and she has lectured at universities and cultural institutions throughout the United States and Canada. She lives with her husband, daughter and son in New York City.

Open to members of the Women’s Auxiliary, our discussion will be held in the sixth-floor lounge of the Marvin and Elisabeth Cassell Community House (One East 65th Street). Feel free to bring your lunch. Coffee and cookies will be served. RSVP by Thursday, February 28 to (212) 744-1400, ext. 235 or send an e-mail.


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