BAS member Carol Japha will read excerpts from her recently published novel and will be interviewed by fellow congregant Rudolph Ellenbogen about the writing of the book.
Mapping Eden traces the quest of young Julia to make sense of the world and the event that transforms it–the loss of her mother. The book is also the story of an immigrant family–“the only foreigners on our Chicago street”–that had fled Nazi Germany and settled in England before uprooting themselves once again, to come to America. “Their sense of displacement,” as one reviewer observed, “hauntingly echoes the child’s longing for her lost mother.” From fragmentary memories and the conceptions of long-ago cartographers, which she studies with her father, Julia tries to understand “what I had, what I lost,” and how she is connected to her mother.
“Wonderful and moving. . . . Beautifully and tenderly written.”
–Janina Fisher, author of Healing the Living Legacy of Trauma
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Carol Japha is a writer, editor, and artist. In addition to Mapping Eden, she is the author of a poetry chapbook, Psalms for a Child Who Has Lost Her Mother. A graduate of Barnard College, she studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and served in the Peace Corps. As director of the Jewish Media Fund at the Charles H. Revson Foundation, she developed a video library and educational materials on Jewish culture and history.
To purchase the book, please visit Bronx River Books at 37 Spencer Place, Scarsdale, NY, 914-420-6396.
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