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Men's Club Book Group
"A Woman in Jerusalem" by A.B. Yehoshua
Wednesday, Mar 10th, 2010 9 AM

One East 65th Street

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a  woman in her 40s is a victim of a suicide bombing at a Jerusalem market. Her body lies nameless in a hospital morgue. She had apparently worked as a cleaning woman at a bakery, but there is no record of her employment. When a Jerusalem daily accuses the bakery of “gross negligence and inhumanity toward an employee,” the bakery’s owner, overwhelmed by guilt, entrusts the task of identifying and burying the victim to a human resources man. This man is at first reluctant to take on the job, but as the facts of the woman’s life take shape — she was an engineer from the former Soviet Union, a non-Jew on a religious pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and, judging by an early photograph, beautiful — he yields to feelings of regret, atonement and even love.

At once profoundly serious and highly entertaining, A. B. Yehoshua astonishes us with his masterly, often unexpected turns in the story and with his ability to get under the skin and into the soul of Israel today.

One of Israel’s preeminent writers, A.B. YEHOSHUA has been awarded the Israel Prize, the Koret Jewish Book Award and the National Jewish Book Award. Born in Jerusalem, he lives in Haifa.


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