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Sunday Jewish Book Group: Hope, A Tragedy

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Please join us on October 15 at 2:00 p.m. for a discussion of Hope, A Tragedy, by Shalom Auslander. The discussion will be moderated by Audrey Thacker (CSUN English and Jewish Studies).

The Sunday Jewish Book and Discussion Group is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and riveting conversation will be served. Please RSVP by contacting Rhonda Rosen at rrosen@lmu.edu or 310-338-4584.

About the book

Hope: A Tragedy is a hilarious and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit. It is a comic and compelling story of the hopeless longing to be free of those pasts that haunt our every present.

The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: no one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any historical import at all has ever happened there, which is why Solomon Kugel, like other urbanites fleeing their pasts and histories, decided to move his wife and young son there.

To begin again. To start anew. But it isn’t quite working out that way for Kuge His ailing mother stubbornly holds on to life, and won’t stop reminiscing about the Nazi concentration camps she never actually suffered through. To complicate matters further, some lunatic is burning down farmhouses just like the one Kugel bought, and when, one night, he discovers history—a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history—hiding upstairs in his attic, bad quickly becomes worse.