Thursday, August 20th at 7 p.m.
Diana Bletter, author of A Remarkable Kindness, will be our featured speaker.
In the seaside village of Peleg, four American women have emigrated to Israel for very different reasons. Despite their differences in age and outlook, these four women find each other in ritual, gathering in a burial circle to perform tahara, a final burial rite, for the women of the community. As their intertwined stories unfold, each woman finds the joys promised by the beauty of the land, in new life, first love, motherhood, and friendship, supporting each other through irrevocable changes, navigating the pressures of marriage, illicit romance, the loss of a child, and, the unthinkable backdrop for this paradise--war. Through moments of humor and sorrow, each woman takes part in the ultimate act of compassion, helping to close the circle of life.
Brimming with wisdom and intelligence, A Remarkable Kindness is a moving testament to women’s friendship, tracing the life lines of women who learn to be strong and capturing the paradoxes and promises of the land they learn to call home.
About the Author
Diana Bletter grew up in Great Neck, New York, and attended Cornell University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Huffington Post, Glamour, and Beliefnet, and she was the first prize winner of Family Circle Magazine’s 2011 Fiction Contest. Her novel The Witches’ Secret was a semi-finalist in Amazon’s 2009 Breakout Novel Award and her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (in collaboration with prize-winning photographer Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. Diana lives in northern Israel with her husband and children.
Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.
Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).