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Books & Biscotti (Book Review) with Dr. Janna Nadler

Thursday, December 14, 2023 2 Tevet 5784

1:00 PM - 2:30 PMOnline via Zoom

Temple Emanu-El is pleased to welcome Book Reviewer
Dr. Janna Nadler to discuss 
Brotherless Night 
by V. V. Ganeshananthan

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Brotherless Night by V.V. Ganeshananthan
Jaffna, 1981. Sixteen-year-old Sashi wants to become a doctor. But over the next decade, a vicious civil war tears through her home, and her dream spins off course as she sees her four beloved brothers and their friend K swept up in the mounting violence. Desperate to act, Sashi accepts K’s invitation to work as a medic at a field hospital for the militant Tamil Tigers, who, following years of state discrimination and violence, are fighting for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority. But after the Tigers murder one of her teachers and Indian peacekeepers arrive only to commit further atrocities, Sashi begins to question where she stands. When one of her medical school professors, a Tamil feminist and dissident, invites her to join a secret project documenting human rights violations, she embarks on a dangerous path that will change her forever.
Set during the early years of Sri Lanka’s three-decade civil war,
Brotherless Night is a heartrending portrait of one woman’s moral journey and a testament to both the enduring impact of war and the bonds of home.

For more information on the book and the author, please CLICK HERE to visit the publisher's website (Penguin Random House).

Dr. Janna Nadler has a B.Ed. and a Ph.D. in English Literature and has taught courses in Canadian Literature, Canadian Studies, and Children’s Literature for the University of Toronto and McMaster University. Janna has been facilitating BookTalks for over 20 years. As the director of JannaReads, Janna enjoys giving BookTalks and moderating AuthorTalks at events big and small, far and wide, where there are no exams and no grades—just good reading and great discussion. Janna also teaches senior high school English at a private High School in Toronto. In her “spare time” (ha!) Janna loves spending time with her husband and three children, and taking walks with her puppy Bagel, while listening to audiobooks on double-time.
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