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PTBE One Bay One Book Discussion

  • Peninsula Temple Beth El 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas San Mateo, CA, 94403 United States (map)

The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer is this year's Jewish LearningWorks One Bay One Book selection, a year-long conversation connecting Bay Area readers through shared discussions and events around a single book. Click here for more Bay Area events.

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Rabbi Lisa Kingston and Lisa Meltzer Penn will lead the discussion.

Sofer’s novel is set in Tehran in 1981, as Jewish gem trader Isaac Amin is imprisoned by the Revolutionary Guard. His wife, Farnaz, struggles to keep from slipping into despair, while his young daughter, Shirin, tries to take matters into her own hands. Far away in Brooklyn, Isaac’s son, Parviz, though not religious, falls for the pious daughter of his Hasidic landlord. Sofer masterfully captures the small tensions and larger brutalities that sharply affect a family that does not conform.

Marking its tenth anniversary, the novel remains particularly relevant during a time when renewed attention is given to the plight of refugees and to the vulnerability of Jews and other minority groups in many lands during troubling times.

A limited number of copies will be available to borrow from the temple office after January 3. The book can also found on Amazon.

This is a story that needs to be told...timely and ripe for discussion
— Library Journal

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Born in Tehran in 1972, Dalia Sofer came with her family to the United States in 1983. She graduated from New York University and received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her debut novel, The Septembers of Shiraz, received the Sami Rohr Prize Choice Award and the PEN/Robert Bingham Prize, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and Orange Prize..

Earlier Event: February 2
Community Shabbat Dinner