Rabbi Lisa Kingston and Lisa Meltzer Penn will lead the discussion.
Michael Chabon's autobiographical novel Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of the narrator’s grandfather, whose tongue has been loosened by painkillers and whose memory has been by stirred by the imminence of death. From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the American invasion of Germany to the heyday of the space program, the novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. It is a tale of of war and adventure, of marriage and desire, of model rocketry and the moral complexity underpinning the American space program, and of the difficult love between the narrator's grandfather and his enigmatic grandmother, a woman broken by her experience growing up in war-torn France. A work of fictional autobiography, Moonglow, above all, is about the destructive impact and the creative power of keeping secrets and telling lies.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon’s books include The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, and Telegraph Avenue.