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Qesher Book Club: "Across So Many Seas"

Spanning over 500 years, Pura Belpré Award winner Ruth Behar's epic novel tells the stories of four girls from different generations of a Jewish family, many of them forced to leave their country and start a new life. To register: https://www.qesher.com/across-so-many-seas/

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Qesher Book Club: "Across So Many Seas"
Qesher Book Club: "Across So Many Seas"

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Mar 26, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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To register: https://www.qesher.com/across-so-many-seas/

Spanning  over 500 years, Pura Belpré Award winner Ruth Behar's epic novel tells  the stories of four girls from different generations of a Jewish family,  many of them forced to leave their country and start a new life.     In  1492, during the Spanish Inquisition, Benvenida and her family are  banished from Spain. Four centuries later, in 1923, shortly after the  Turkish War of Independence, Reina's father ships her away to Cuba. In  1961, Reina's daughter, Alegra, teaches literacy in the Cuban  countryside. But Fidel Castro's crackdowns force her to flee to Miami.  Finally, in 2003, Alegra's daughter, Paloma, is thrilled by the  opportunity to learn more about her heritage on a family trip to Spain,  where she makes a momentous discovery. Though many years and many seas  separate these girls, each is lucky to stand on the shoulders of their  courageous ancestors.

About the author:

Ruth  Behar, the Pura Belpré Award–winning author of Lucky Broken Girl, was  born in Havana, Cuba, grew up in New York, and has also lived in Spain  and Mexico. In addition to writing for young people, her work includes  poetry, memoir, and the acclaimed travel books An Island Called Home and  Traveling Heavy, which explore her return journeys to Cuba and her  search for home. She was the first Latina to win a MacArthur "Genius"  Grant, and other honors include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and  being named a "Great Immigrant" by the Carnegie Corporation. She is an  anthropology professor at the University of Michigan and lives in Ann  Arbor, Michigan.

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