In 2020, resolve to step out of your familiar reading routine and travel to parts unknown through literature. We begin 2020 with one of the world’s newest and oldest languages – Modern Hebrew. Our second book is Dearest Anne by Judith Katzir, with Dalya Bilu (Translator). The discussion will be lead by Lani Ravin on Wednesday, January 22 at 6:30pm.
About the Book:
After reading Anne Frank’s diary, young Rivi starts a series of writing notebooks that document the angst of growing up in rural Israel. The entries reveal how her crush on her literature teacher develops into a poignant and turbulent love affair that lasts for years before its scandalous end. Decades later, the grown Rivi, now a mother, wife, and established author, comes to terms with the forbidden love that shaped her life.
About the Book Discussion Leader:
Lani Ravin is a land use planner, working for UVM. Previously she worked for VTrans, a regional accounting/urban planning firm, the Israel Lands Authority and a feminist organization in Haifa. In her spare time, she rides her bike, helps her local women's land trust survive, and reads subversive books. Now living in Burlington, she lived for many years in Israel. Lani grew up in the Bronx, which prepared her well for life in the Middle East.