Book Club

The Kavana Book Club is entering its 10th year of discussing provocative Jewish fiction and non-fiction. This year we continue our exploration of some of the hottest and coolest contemporary Jewish writers. Join us every other month on Sunday mornings for our discussion.

Our next book is a novel called, “Barren Island” by Carol Zoref. Told from the point-of-view of Marta Eisenstein Lane on the occasion of her 80th birthday, Barren Island is the story of a factory island in New York's Jamaica Bay, where the city's dead horses and other large animals were rendered into glue and fertilizer from the mid-19th century until the 1930's.

All are invited to join us for this discussion. Participants take turns hosting these gatherings, so please be sure to RSVP in order to receive location details. 

List of past reads:

Three Floors Up – Eshkol Nevo

Ways to Disappear – Idra Novey

Eternal Life – Dara Horn

The Weight of Ink – Rachel Kadish

Paris in the Present Tense – Mark Helprin

Dinner at the Center of the Earth – Nathan Englander

Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan – Ruth Gilligan

If all the Seas were Ink – Ilana Kurshan

4321 – Paul Auster

A Horse Walks into a Bar – David Grossman

Moonglow – Michael Chabon

Judas – Amos Oz

The Marriage of Opposites – Alice Hoffman

The Boatmaker – John Benditt

The Seven Good Years – Etgar Keret

The Last Flight of Poxl West – Daniel Torday

The Mystics of Mile End – Sigal Samuel

The Lion Seeker – Kenneth Bonert

A Highly Unlikely Scenario – Rachel Cantor

An Officer and a Spy – Robert Harris

The UnAmericans – Molly Antopol

The Boston Girl – Anita Diamant

Suddenly, Love – Aharon Appelfeld

The Mathematician’s Shiva – Stuart Rojstaczer

Jacob’s Folly – Rebecca Miller

Visible City – Tova Mirvis

The Family – David Laskin

Between Friends – Amos Oz

Guide for the Perplexed – Dara Horn

The Innocents – Francesca Segal

The Golem and the Jinni – Helene Wecker

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