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The J selects “Exile Music” for virtual community playback

The author shares his novel during Authors In Conversation @Home

Houston’s Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center’s new virtual community reading — a shared literary experience for book clubs and individual readers — will be held Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. As part of her Authors In Conversation @Home series, author Jennifer Steil will discuss her novel, “Exile Music,” in conversation with Elizabeth L. Silver, author of “The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty”.

The J is calling on book clubs and individual readers across the city to join in the event by reading “Exile Music” this spring.

Based on an unexplored slice of World War II history, “Exile” is the gripping story of Orly, a young Jewish girl whose musical family flees the refined culture of Vienna to take refuge in the mountains of Bolivia, where they are introduced to a world totally a different culture and country from the one they knew.

This year’s Community Read co-chairs, Esther Levine and Laura Freudenberger, have created a virtual community reading experience and are thrilled with the book they chose. “We were both fascinated by how a young girl, faced with extreme challenges, was able to adapt to her new home, learn a new language and revel in music and myths,” Freudenberger said. .

“Steil, an award-winning author and journalist, currently living in Uzbekistan, will lead a night of music and conversation as we explore this exquisite novel that explores the definition of home, family, identity, and life. idea of ​​reinvention, while examining how music is a common language that unites people,” Levine said. “We can’t wait for Houston-area book clubs to read our selection and join us for this new event. of community reading.”

Tickets and books are on sale via the J.

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