Falmouth Jewish Congregation Hosts a Jewish Book Council Author Talk with Mary Dingee Fillmore (An Address in Amsterdam)
Monday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Free and open to the public
Book sales will be handled by Eight Cousins Bookstore
Falmouth Jewish Congregation welcomes the public to an author talk on Monday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m. by Mary Dingee FIllmore, who will discuss her historical novel An Address in Amsterdam. This event, which includes a book sale and signing, is part of Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s participation in the Jewish Book Council’s Author Network, which brings authors to communities for talks and book signings. Eight Cousins Book Store will have copies of the book for sale and signing (credit cards and checks accepted). Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
“An Address in Amsterdam is the biggest literary event for the historical fiction genre this year…”
“Written with verve and integrity, An Address in Amsterdam is the best kind of historical fiction: a wonderful read with a marvelous heroine who challenges us to take action in our own time. Don’t miss this gripping, intricately detailed account of Jewish resistance to the Nazi occupation of wartime Amsterdam.”
―Joyce Antler, author of You Never Call! You Never Write!: A History of the Jewish Mother, Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture, Brandeis University
A teenage Jewish girl in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam joins the Resistance and hides out with her parents in this debut novel.
Rachel Klein hopes she can ignore the Nazis when they roll into Amsterdam in May 1940. She’s falling in love, and her city has been the safest place in the world for Jewish people since the Spanish Inquisition. But when Rachel’s Gentile boyfriend is forced to disappear rather than face arrest, she realizes that everything is changing, and so must she―so, although she is often tired and scared, she delivers papers for the underground under the Nazis’ noses. But after eighteen months of ever increasing danger, she pushes her parents to go into hiding with her. The dank basement where they take refuge seems like the last place where Rachel would meet a new man―but she does.
An Address in Amsterdam shows that, even in the most hopeless situation, an ordinary young woman can make the choice to act with courage―and even love.
(Our next JBC Author Talk will feature Jane Healey – “The Saturday Evening Girls Club” on Thursday, April 26 at 11 a.m.)
The Jewish Book Council, which promotes Jewish books through a variety of online resources and programs (awards, author talks, publications), has an excellent website with discussion guides, book reviews, and more, at www.jewishbookcouncil.org. Prior authors who have spoken at FJC include Tova Mirvis, Rachel Kadish, Jeremy Dauber, and Rabbi David Jaffe. FJC will host another talk on Thursday, April 26 at 11 A.M. by novelist Jane Healey, author of The Saturday Evening Girls Club, about women immigrants in Boston’s North End in th early 1900s.