Please join the TBJ Women's Association for lunch with acclaimed author Ellen Feldman to discuss her book Scottsboro, A Novel, Thursday, March 11 at 11:30 am at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, Short Hills.
A work of historical fiction, Scottsboro was shortlisted for the 2009 Orange Prize for fiction and chosen by the Richmond Times Dispatch as one of the five best novels of the year. On a spring afternoon in 1931, an Alabama posse stopped a freight train and rounded up nine African-American youths, ranging in age from thirteen to nineteen. Their crime was fighting with white boys — until two white girls, dressed in men's overalls, turned up in one of the freight cars. Though the girls showed no signs of abuse, the cry of rape went up, and a case and a cause that would drag on for almost half a century were born. No crime in American history resulted in as many trials, convictions, reversals, retrials and seminal Supreme Court decisions.
RSVP to Wendy Araten at firstname.lastname@example.org or Stacey Mischel at email@example.com. $10 per person includes lunch. Please send checks to WA Book Discussion toTemple B'nai Jeshurun, 1025 South Orange Avenue, Short Hills, NJ 07078. All are invited.