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TMR Bookgroup discusses the stories of Ayelet Tsabari

July 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT


The Markaz Review runs an inter­na­tion­al book club that meets on Zoom every last Sun­day of the month. Read­ers from Los Ange­les to Abu Dhabi share thoughts and insights on the month’s selec­tion. Fre­quent­ly, the author (and some­times their trans­la­tor) joins the group dur­ing the sec­ond half of the hour. Our book­group always meets the last Sun­day at 1 pm Eastern.

On Sun­day, July 31st, we will be talk­ing about the short sto­ries of Ayelet Tsabari in The Best Place on Earth.

Con­fi­dent, orig­i­nal and humane, the sto­ries in The Best Place on Earth are peo­pled with char­ac­ters at the cross­roads of nation­al­i­ties, reli­gions and com­mu­ni­ties: expa­tri­ates, trav­ellers, immi­grants and locals.

In the pow­er­ful­ly affect­ing open­ing sto­ry, “Tikkun,” a chance meet­ing between a man and his for­mer lover car­ries them through near tragedy and into unex­pect­ed peace. In “Casu­al­ties,” Tsabari takes us into the military—a world every Israeli knows all too well—with a brusque, sexy young female sol­dier who forges med­ical leave forms to make ends meet. Poets, sol­diers, sib­lings and dis­senters, the pro­tag­o­nists here are most­ly Israelis of Mizrahi back­ground (Jews of Mid­dle East­ern and North African descent), whose sto­ries have rarely been told in lit­er­a­ture. In illus­trat­ing the lives of those whose iden­ti­ties swing from fierce­ly patri­ot­ic to pow­er­ful­ly glob­al, The Best Place on Earth explores Israeli his­to­ry as it illu­mi­nates the ten­u­ous connections—forged, frayed and occa­sion­al­ly destroyed—between cul­tures, between gen­er­a­tions and across the gulf of trans­for­ma­tion and loss. [Goodreads]

To get on the list to receive the Zoom link for July 31, email books@themarkaz.org.

TMR’s book­group is mod­er­at­ed by Jor­dan­ian book­worm (and editor/translator) Rana Asfour.


July 31
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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