Enjoy engaging discussions about books in an informal setting the first Thursday of the month. Facilitated by Beverley Fingerhut.
February 4 – The Story of a Beautiful Girl, By Rachel Simon. In honour of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month
It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone - Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught. But before she is forced back into the institution, she whispers two words to Martha: "Hide her." And so begins the 40-year epic journey of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia-lives divided by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, yet drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love. Learn more about this book and read an excerpt (opens in new window).
Sponsor: Miles Nadal JCC