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This 2020 novel
is based on two real fathers—one Israeli and one Palestinian—who both lost daughters to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Author Colum McCann who grew up in Ireland and has had his own experience with violent conflict. McCann is a co-founder
of the global non-profit Narrative 4 whose vision is “fearless hope through radical empathy" by using global story sharing. This book will be the jumping-off point for a conversation about survival, violence, conscience,
the world we live in, and the world we want to live in and “radical empathy.”
The book talk is presented by South Jersey Holocaust Coalition and New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, with funding from One Jewish Community—Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem Counties.
Coalition member Shoshana Osofsky will facilitate each of the discussions in this series, for which people should come
with an open mind and heart, and be prepared to engage in spirited and civil discussion in which everyone has a right to feel safe in what they say.
Reading of the book under discussion is recommended, but not required.