The Trinity Book Club will discuss No One is Here Except All of Us, by Ramona Ausubel at its Sunday, Nov. 11 meeting at 1 p.m.
“For the nine Jewish families who live in a valley in northern Romania in 1939, the troubles in their part of the world are known but distant. Then a woman who is the sole survivor of her ravished village washes up on the riverbank, and she, assisted by narrator Lena, suggests starting over, building a new and perfect world, with no memories of the painful past. With the barn as its temple and the stranger as its spiritual leader, the small village is bypassed by troops for years, until one day when three soldiers arrive and carry off Igor, Lena’s husband, a man who specializes in sleeping. Taking her children, Lena leaves, with the admonition that she survive to tell what happens. While Igor is a pampered prisoner in Sardinia, Lena endures unimaginable hardships and wrenching losses. Ausubel uses the history of her own great-grandmother as the framework for her first novel, which fully evokes the horrors of the Holocaust by merely touching on events. A fabulist tale of love, loss, faith, hope, community, and, especially, the power of story.” –Michele Leber from Booklist
The group will take a break for the month of December and meet again on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. to discuss The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread, by Don Robertson, originally published in 1965. This is a novelized story about the gas explosion in Cleveland in 1944 that leveled the E. 69th St. and St. Clair Avenue area. To learn more about this fellowship group, contact Evan Coaker or Ginger Bitikofer.