ONLINE(In-Person) Author Talk by Elizabeth Graver on “Kantika: A Novel”

December 7, 2023 East Falmouth Free
Professor Elizabeth Graver (Courtesy photo)

Falmouth Jewish Congregation will host a Jewish Book Council author talk by Elizabeth Graver on her novel “Kantika,” a dazzling Sephardic multigenerational saga that moves from Istanbul to Barcelona, Havana, and New York, exploring displacement, endurance, and family as home.

“Kantika,” a New York Times Notable Book of 2023 and an NPR Best Book of the Year, was inspired by the migration story of her Turkish Sephardic grandmother. The story opens in Constantinople in 1907 and spans five decades, making stops in Barcelona and Havana but ultimately ending in New York City in 1950. While modern Jews everywhere are suffering from the effects of two world wars, it’s also a period of great upheaval for Sephardic Jews in Islamic lands—in this case, Turkey. Through the specific experiences of the Cohen/Levy family, we become immersed in their lives as we learn about the trials and tribulations shared by this generation of Jews: emigration and immigration, loss, nostalgia, separation from family, war, and financial loss and insecurity. But we also bear witness to the intimate and small joys that are found in daily life, faith, work, friendship, and lifecycle events.

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Thursday, December 7, 2023, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Falmouth Jewish Congregation
7 Hatchville Rd
East Falmouth, MA 02536

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