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Books & Biscotti (Book Review) with Elaine Newton

Thursday, March 7, 2024 27 Adar I 5784

1:00 PM - 2:30 PMOnline via Zoom

Temple Emanu-El is pleased to welcome Book Reviewer
Elaine Newton to discuss 
Tom Lake 
by Ann Patchett

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Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
In the spring of 2020, Lara’s three daughters return to the family’s orchard in Northern Michigan. While picking cherries, they beg their mother to tell them the story of Peter Duke, a famous actor with whom she shared both a stage and a romance years before at a theatre company called Tom Lake.  As Lara recalls the past, her daughters examine their own lives and relationship with their mother, and are forced to reconsider the world and everything they thought they knew.

Tom Lake is a meditation on youthful love, married love, and the lives parents have led before their children were born. Both hopeful and elegiac, it explores what it means to be happy even when the world is falling apart. As in all of her novels, Ann Patchett combines compelling narrative artistry with piercing insights into family dynamics. The result is a rich and luminous story, told with profound intelligence and emotional subtlety, that demonstrates once again why she is one of the most revered and acclaimed literary talents working today.

For more information on upcoming events featuring "Tom Lake", please CLICK HERE to visit the publisher's website (Harper Collins Publishers).

Elaine Newton is professor Emeritus of Humanities, Literature and Psychology at York University and a former book critic for the Globe & Mail.  From December to May, she is visiting professor of Literature and Film at the Philharmonic for the Arts in Naples, Florida where she has been a Lifelong Learning Favourite for more than 25 Years.
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