[Pittsfield] - Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will be the featured speaker at Temple Anshe Amunim’s Spring into Summer Brunch on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Ms. Brooks will read from her acclaimed book, "The Secret Chord," a novel about the life of the Biblical King David. She is the author of the international bestsellers "Caleb's Crossing”, "March”, "People of the Book”, and "Year of Wonders”. Her books will be available for purchase at the brunch.
“The Secret Chord” traces the arc of King David's journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage. It is described as “a thundering, gritty, emotionally devastating reconsideration of the story of King David,” by The New York Times.
“Brooks has an uncanny ability to hear and transform characters from history, and this beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal, and power will enthrall her many fans.” (Penguin/Random House Books)”
“Not only did I enjoy it,” said the temple’s rabbi, Josh Breindel, “but it fit right into the Jewish tradition of midrash – new stories that give background and depth to biblical characters. Her book was an inspiration for me to teach a class on King David for OLLI last spring. I’m really looking forward to hearing her speak!”
Reservations for the brunch with Geraldine Brooks are $36 per person and may be paid for by mailing a check to Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Checks can also be dropped off at the Temple Office. Note that checks must be received by May 30, 2017.
Temple Anshe Amunim is a Reform Jewish congregation that promotes engaging and widespread participation in services, education, and social action programs.
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