8 2019

Historical Fiction Panel Luncheon

12:00PM - 2:00PM  

Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center 1200 Edgewood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

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Historical Fiction Panel Luncheon

Moderated by Ellen Comisar


Rachel Barenbaum Rachel_Barenbaum

A Bend in the Stars
(Grand Central Publishing, 2019)

As the Czar tightens his grip on the Jewish community and Russia’s war with Germany looms, siblings Miri and Vanya must decide whether to flee or pursue their ambitions. A Bend in the Stars captures the chaos of World War I in a narrative filled with harrowing journeys, scientific discovery, an epic love story, and the solar eclipse of 1914. The New York Times praises debut novelist Rachel Barenbaum, who “carves a fresh story from some of the period’s most evocative and disturbing details.”


Armando Lucas Correa Armando_Correa

The Daughter's Tale
(Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, 2019)

Seven decades of secrets unravel in The Daughter’s Tale, the second historical novel by internationally best-selling author Armando Lucas Correa (The German Girl). Based on true events, this sweeping novel transports readers from 1939 Berlin to 2015 New York. The New York Journal of Books calls The Daughter’s Tale “a brilliant, engrossing, immersive novel” about the rise of nationalism, and Correa has been lauded for creating “terrified yet strong female characters,” notably a mother who is relentless in her efforts to save her daughters.


Jennifer Cody Epstein Jennifer_Epstein

(Crown, 2019)

A mother’s ashes and a trove of unsent letters that arrive in the East Village in 1989 set Wunderland in motion. Jennifer Cody Epstein (The Painter from Shanghai, The Gods of Heavenly Punishment) explores the estrangement between Ilse and Renata, childhood friends in 1933 Berlin, and between Ilse and Ava, the daughter she placed in a German orphanage. Epstein’s family drama—with its unflinching look at how the Hitler Youth movement and the Nuremberg Laws changed lives in prewar Germany—is “a devastating tale bound for the bestseller lists,” according to Publishers Weekly.


LUNCH MENU: A selection of wraps, sandwiches, and salad (Dairy)

Cost:  JCC Member:  $20 / Non-Member:  $25 (Tickets Must Be Puchased By October 30)


Generously underwritten by
by Sharon Kovalsky and Jerry Jacobs