We can’t help you with the field.
But if you are interested in reading books and making new friends, the Tifereth Israel Book Club is the place for you.
Our focus is books with Jewish themes, both fiction and non-fiction. Club members are particularly interested in books by Israeli authors, old and new. We choose books that are available in local library systems, but can be purchased if you prefer. You can access the San Diego County Library here, Amazon.com here and Barnes & Noble here. You will also find one or two copies of each month’s selection on a special book club shelf in our Braun Library.
Sunday, August 5th, 9:30 a.m.
Brew Coffee Spot
6101 Lake Murray Boulevard
La Mesa, CA 91942
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
We’ll explore a classic of American Jewish literature, American Pastoral by Philip Roth.
About American Pastoral:
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Here is Philip Roth’s masterpiece—an elegy for the American century’s promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth’s protagonist is Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father’s glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede’s beautiful American luck deserts him.
For Swede’s adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager—a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, American Pastoral gives us Philip Roth at the height of his powers.