People of the Book
Date: Monday, February 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Adult Reading Room of the RAMBAM Center
Contact: Judith Davidoff, email@example.com, 305.665.0012
People of the Book Club is for women who like to read and talk about ideas. We focus on books with some Jewish content and/or whose author is Jewish. Fiction or non-fiction, older books or contemporary ones, even some combination of shorter works (for example, essays, short stories, journalism) — all are chosen to spur serious discussion of the works’ literary qualities (if fiction), and about their Jewish themes, social issues, moral and ethical controversies, and the like.
Monday, February 11, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Adult Reading Room of the RAMBAM Center
Eshkol Nevo, Three Floors Up (2017)
Set in an upper-middle-class Tel Aviv apartment building, this best-selling and warmly acclaimed Israeli novel examines the interconnected lives of its residents, whose turmoils, secrets, unreliable confessions, and problematic decisions reveal a society in the midst of an identity crisis. —From blurb by publisher (and reposted by Amazon.com)
The New York Times Book Review calls it “Mesmerizing…this book and its conflicted apartment dwellers stayed with me long after I finished reading.”
According to the Jewish Book Council, in this “Lively, tripartite novel. . . . Nevo creates three compulsive narrators, three unsparingly candid monologues, three stories that expose the psyches of people caught at critical points in their lives…Perceptive and compelling, Three Floors Up plays with the form of the novel itself and keeps the reader absorbed in its sets of triads.”
American Jewish World says Three Floors Up is “Written simply but imaginatively, translated fluidly by Sondra Silverston. Each story is an evening’s reading because you won’t want to stop.” But an unnamed reviewer warned: “Although each section can be read independently, it is anything but a loose collection of stories. . . . Readers will need to read the novel in its entirety to fully appreciate the gradual build-up of unease, while the ending provides a solution for some, but not for all."
Eshkol Nevo was born in Jerusalem in 1971. His six novels have won many awards and have been translated into Italian, German, French, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, Serbian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Turkish, and English. In 2008, Eshkol was awarded membership in the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation, one of the country's highest recognitions for excellence in the arts. He is the grandson of Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, for whom he was named. He has taught creative writing and thinking at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Tel Aviv University, Sapir College and the Open University of Israel. He is considered the mentor of many upcoming young Israeli writers.
We hope you'll be intrigued and will join us. RSVP to Judith Davidoff, firstname.lastname@example.org, 305.665.0012.