One Book, One Jewish Community - Wunderland with author Jennifer Cody Epstein

East Village, 1989
Things had never been easy between Ava Fisher 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’s final months? But now Ilse’s ashes have arrived from Germany, and with them, a trove of unsent letters addressed to someone else unknown to Ava: Renate Bauer, a childhood friend. As her mother’s letters unfurl a dark past, Ava spirals deep into the shocking history of a woman she never truly knew. 

Berlin, 1933
As the Nazi party tightens its grip on the city, Ilse and Renate find their friendship under siege—and Ilse’s increasing involvement in the Hitler Youth movement leaves them on opposing sides of the gathering storm. Then the Nuremburg Laws force Renate to confront a long-buried past, and a catastrophic betrayal is set in motion...

An unflinching exploration of Nazi Germany and its legacy, Wunderland is at once a powerful portrait of an unspeakable crime history and a page-turning contemplation of womanhood, wartime, and just how far we might go in order to belong.  Jennifer Cody Eptein is the author of the international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai and The Gods of Heavenly Punishment.  Register by Friday, December 6.

Price: $20, wine and snacks included 

Proud partner of the Jewish Book Council 

“Searing…a heartbreaking page-turner.” - People (Book of the Week) 

“A vividly written and stark chronicle of Nazism and its legacies." - Kirkus Reviews

Contact Information
  1. Randi Zucker
  2. 908-889-8800 x253
  3. rzucker@jccnj.org
Wed, December 11
7:30 pm — 10:00 pm
Add to My Calendar 12/11/2019 7:30pm 12/11/2019 10:00pm America/New_York One Book, One Jewish Community - Wunderland with author Jennifer Cody Epstein

East Village, 1989
Things had never been easy between Ava Fisher 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’s final months? But now Ilse’s ashes have arrived from Germany, and with them, a trove of unsent letters addressed to ...

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