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In 1945, with no homes to return to, Jewish refugees by the tens of thousands set out for Palestine. Those who made it were hunted as illegals by the British mandatory authorities there and relied on the underground to shelter them. From master storyteller Stewart O’Nan, City of Secrets follows one survivor, Brand, as he tries to regain himself after losing everyone he’s ever loved. Driving a taxi provided by the underground, he navigates the twisting streets of Jerusalem as well as the overlapping, sometimes deadly loyalties of the resistance. Alone, haunted by memories, he tries to become again the man he was before the war. He falls in love with Eva, a fellow survivor and member of his underground cell, reclaims his faith, and commits himself to the revolution, accepting secret missions that grow more and more dangerous even as he begins to suspect he’s being used by their cell’s dashing leader, Asher. By the time Brand understands the truth, it’s too late, and the tragedy that ensues changes history.
On November 14, Rabbi Barbara Symons of Temple David will lead two discussions of City of Secrets at Monroeville Public Library – a morning disucssion at 10:00 a.m. and an evening discussion at 7:00 p.m. The discussions are free and open to the public. Please join us!
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. NO REGISTATION REQUIRED.
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