People of the Book
Date: Monday, December 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room 3, Second Floor, Administration Bldg.
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, December 10, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meeting Room 3, Second Floor, Administration Bldg.
The Hilltop: A Novel (2014)
by Assaf Gavron
Mordantly funny and deeply moving, this award-winning novel about life in a West Bank settlement has been hailed as “brilliant” (The New York Times Book Review) and “The Great Israeli Novel [in which] Gavron stakes his claim to be Israel’s Jonathan Franzen” (Tablet).
On a rocky hilltop stands Ma’aleh Hermesh C, a fledgling outpost of Jewish settlers in the West Bank. According to government records it doesn’t exist; according to the military it must be defended. As … [its leader] cheerfully manipulates government agencies, more settlers arrive, and a hodge-podge of shipping containers and mobile homes takes root. […] The settlement becomes the focus of an international diplomatic scandal, facing its greatest threat yet.
This “indispensable novel” (The Wall Street Journal) skewers the complex, often absurd reality of life in Israel. Grappling with one of the most charged geo-political issues of our time.
—Adapted from blurb put out by Simon & Schuster (and reposted by Amazon.com)
As background for our discussion, I recommend three short videos (especially the second) from youtube.com:
—Israeli settlements, explained | Settlements Part I (8.05 minutes)
—Why Israeli settlements don’t feel like a conflict zone | Settlements Part II (10:55 minutes)
—To the West Bank: Europe's Jewish Exodus Part 3 (9:30 minutes)
Assaf Gavron is the author of seven books, and his fiction has been translated into ten languages. He has won the Israeli Prime Minister’s Creative Award for Authors, the Book fur die Stadt award in Germany, and the Prix Courrier International award in France. The son of English immigrants, he grew up in a small village near Jerusalem and currently lives in Tel Aviv.
We hope you'll be intrigued and will join us. RSVP to Judith Davidoff, firstname.lastname@example.org, 305.665.0012.