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Tomorrow There Will be Apricots by Jessica Soffer

Reading Group Guide Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots By Jessica Soffer   Introduction Lorca spends her life poring over cookbooks, making croissants and chocolat chaud, seeking out rare ingredients, all to earn the love of her distracted chef of a mother. When Lorca is expelled from public school, her mother decides to pack her off [...]

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Introduction Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his [...]

Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick

Introduction Cynthia Ozick is a literary treasure. In her sixth novel, she retells Henry James’s The Ambassadors and delivers a brilliant, utterly new American classic. At the core of the story is Bea Nightingale, a fiftyish divorced schoolteacher whose life has been on hold during the many years since her brief marriage. When her estranged, difficult brother asks her to travel [...]

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

  Questions for Discussion We hope the following questions will stimulate discussion for reading groups and provide a deeper understanding of Everything Is Illuminated for every reader. 1. Everything Is Illuminated is a novel written in two voices: Alex’s account of the fictional character Jonathan Safran Foer’s journey to Ukraine, and Jonathan’s magical history of [...]

My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young

My Enemy’s Cradle Sara Young ISBN:9780156034333 About the book: Cyrla’s neighbors have begun to whisper. Her cousin, Anneke, is pregnant and has passed the rigorous exams for admission to the Lebensborn, a maternity home for girls carrying German babies. But Anneke’s soldier has disappeared, and Lebensborn babies are only ever released to their fathers’ custody–or [...]

Breakable You by Brian Morton

Breakable You Brian Morton ISBN:9780156033176 About the book: Adam Weller is a moderately successful novelist, past his prime, but squiring around a much younger woman and still longing for greater fame and glory. His former wife, Eleanor, is unhappily playing the role of the overweight, discarded woman. Their daughter Maud has just begun a frankly sexual [...]

A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz

A Tale of Love and Darkness Amos Oz ISBN:9780156032520 About the book: Tragic, comic, and utterly honest, this bestselling and critically acclaimed new work by "one of Israel’s most gifted and prolific authors" (Helen Epstein, The Forward) is at once a family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of [...]

Sunday Jews by Hortense Calisher

Sunday Jews Hortense Calisher ISBN:9780156027458 About the book: Hortense Calisher has been hailed as “stand[ing] vividly with Cather and Fitzgerald” (Cynthia Ozick). In this, her latest and most lauded novel, she explores a family united in blood yet divided by ideas. Son Charles hopes to be a Supreme Court justice; family beauty Nell has children [...]

A Window Across the River by Brian Morton

A Window Across the River Brian Morton ISBN:9780156030120 About the book: Isaac and Nora haven’t seen each other in five years, yet when Nora phones Isaac late one night, he knows who it is before she’s spoken a word. Isaac, a photographer, is relinquishing his artistic career, while Nora, a writer, is seeking to rededicate [...]

The Liberated Bride by A. B. Yehoshua

The Liberated Bride A. B. Yehoshua ISBN:9780156030168 About the book: Yochanan Rivlin, a professor at Haifa University, is a man of boundless and often naïve curiosity. His wife, Hagit, a district judge, is tolerant of almost everything but her husband’s faults and prevarications. Frequent arguments aside, they are a well-adjusted couple with two grown sons. [...]