TE Reads & Discussion: “If a Tree Falls: A Family’s Quest to Hear and Be Heard”

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Jennifer Rosner (Photo: Elizabeth Solaka)
Jennifer Rosner (Photo: Elizabeth Solaka)

Jennifer Rosner’s revelatory memoir explores family, silence and what it means to be heard.

When her daughters are born deaf, Rosner is stunned. Then she discovers a hidden history of deafness in her family, going back generations to the Jewish enclaves of Eastern Europe. Traveling back in time, she imagines her silent relatives, who showed surprising creativity in dealing with a world that preferred to ignore them.

Rosner shares her journey into the modern world of deafness and the controversial decisions she and her husband have made about hearing aids, cochlear implants and sign language. An imaginative odyssey, punctuated by memories of being unheard, Rosner’s story of her daughters’ deafness is at heart a story of whether she—a mother with perfect hearing—will hear her children.

There will be a discussion following the author’s talk, followed by book sales and a book signing. Light refreshments will be available.

Jennifer Rosner is the author of the novel “The Yellow Bird Sings” and the memoir “If a Tree Falls: A Family’s Quest to Hear and Be Heard.” Her children’s book, “The Mitten String,” is a Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable. Rosner’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Massachusetts Review, The Forward, Good Housekeeping and elsewhere. She lives in western Massachusetts with her family.

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Fact Sheet
When
Sunday, November 17, 2019, 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm
Where
Temple Emanuel
385 Ward St
Newton, MA 02459
Price
Free
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