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Women's Auxiliary Book Group
"Being Esther" by Miriam Karmel
Tuesday, Oct 22nd, 2013 12:30 PM

One East 65th Street
Open to all Temple members
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Born to parents who fled the shtetl, Esther Lustig has led a seemingly conventional life — marriage, two children, a life in suburban Chicago. Now, at the age of 85, her husband is deceased, her children have families of their own and most of her friends are gone. Even in this diminished condition, life has its moments of richness, as well as its memorable characters. But above all there are the memories. Of better days with Marty, her husband. Of unrealized obsessions with other men.

As she moves back and forth through time, Esther attempts to come to terms with the meaning of her outwardly modest life. As a young woman, she wondered about the world beyond the narrow, prescribed world she inhabited. Now, cruelly, she can’t help but wonder if she has done anything for which she will be remembered.

At once sad and amusing, unpretentious yet wonderfully ambitious, Miriam Karmel’s debut novel brings understanding and tremendous empathy to the unforgettable Esther Lustig. (Publisher’s website)

MIRIAM KARMEL is a journalist and freelance writer who has published in AARP The Magazine, Minnesota Women’s Press, Bellevue Literary Review and Minnesota Monthly. She lives in Minneapolis and Sandisfield, Mass. Being Esther is her first novel.

Open to all members of the Temple, our discussion will be held in the sixth-floor lounge of the Marvin and Elisabeth Cassell Community House. Rabbi Benjamin Zeidman will lead our discussion. Enter at One East 65th Street. Feel free to bring your lunch. Coffee and cookies will be served. RSVP to (212) 744-1400, ext. 235, or send a message.

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