SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- On Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m., the JCC of Central New Jersey welcomes Hesh Kestin, author of The Lie, a gripping, morally complex thriller about a woman torn between idealism and maternal devotion in present-day Israel.

An 18-year veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, Kestin has been a correspondent for Forbes Magazine, and his articles have appeared in Newsday and The Jerusalem Post.  His latest novel tells centers on Dahlia Barr, an attorney infamous for defending accused Palestinians in Israeli court, who is jolted when her son Ari is kidnapped by Hezbollah. Ultimately, Barr must decide whether to alter her principles in order to save her son. 

Stephen King says The Lie is “a page-turner that will engage your mind and emotions in a way few novels do. The narrative is headlong, the issues have never been more current, and the characters come alive from the page. The Lie is what great fiction is all about.”

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This event is open to the public; book groups and individuals are all welcome.  Admission is $15 per person, dessert reception included.  Online registration is available at or in person at the JCC in Scotch Plains. If you have questions, please contact Amy Warsh, Cultural Arts and Education Director at 908-889-8800 x205 or

The JCC of Central New Jersey is located at 1391 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains. The JCC of Central New Jersey is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, United Way of Greater Union County and the Westfield United Fund. Financial assistance is available for membership and various programs.