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“Soup”er Study with Author of “Wunderland” — Jennifer Cody Epstein

February 17, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Temple Beth Israel (3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie) presents “Soup”er Study with author Jennifer Cody Epstein (“Wunderland”), Feb. 17, 2020, at 6 p.m. Homemade soup, salad, bread, beverages, and dessert is $10 per person. Reservations are due by Feb. 12. For more information, please call TBI at 847-675-0951 or visit tbiskokie.org.

An intimate portrait of a friendship severed by history and wartime, Manhattan, 1989. Things had never been easy between Ava and her estranged mother, Ilse. Too many questions hovered between them: Who was Ava’s father? Where had Ilse been during the war? Why had she left her only child in a German orphanage during the war? But now Ilse’s ashes have arrived from Germany, and with them a trove of unsent letters addressed to someone unknown to Ava: Renate, a childhood friend of her mother’s. As her mother’s letters unfurl a dark past, Ava spirals into the shocking history of a woman she never truly knew.

Jennifer Cody Epstein, the daughter-in-law of Temple Beth Israel member Stephen Epstein, is the author of the international bestseller “The Painter from Shanghai” and “The Gods of Heavenly Punishment” and winner of the 2013 Asian Pacific Association of Librarians Honor award for outstanding fiction. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Self, Mademoiselle, and many other publications. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and an MA in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


February 17, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster St.
Skokie, IL 60076 United States
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