Important note: This is an IN-PERSON event! It will not be available on Zoom.
Elizabeth Graver Presents a Jewish Book Council Author Talk on Her Novel Kantika
Thursday, December 7 at 11am at FJC, 7 Hatchville Road
Book sales by Eight Cousins Bookshop
On Thursday, December 7 at 11am, Falmouth Jewish Congregation will host a Jewish Book Council author talk by Elizabeth Graver on her novel Kantika, a dazzling Sephardic multigenerational saga that moves from Istanbul to Barcelona, Havana, and New York, exploring displacement, endurance, and family as home. This event is free and is taking place in-person only. Advance registration is required. Register at www.falmouthjewish.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Falmouth-based independent bookseller Eight Cousins is handling book sales at the event.
Kantika, a New York Times Notable Book of 2023 and an NPR Best Book of the Year, was inspired by the migration story of her Turkish Sephardic grandmother. The story opens in Constantinople in 1907 and spans five decades, making stops in Barcelona and Havana but ultimately ending in New York City in 1950. While modern Jews everywhere are suffering from the effects of two World Wars, it’s also a period of great upheaval for Sephardic Jews in Islamic lands — in this case, Turkey.
Through the specific experiences of the Cohen/Levy family, we become immersed in their lives as we learn about the trials and tribulations shared by this generation of Jews: emigration and immigration, loss, nostalgia, separation from family, war, and financial loss and insecurity. But we also bear witness to the intimate and small joys that are found in daily living, faith, work, friendship, and life-cycle events.
Kantika is Graver’s fifth novel. Her novel The End of the Point was long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award and selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her other novels are Awake, The Honey Thief, and Unravelling. Her story collection, Have You Seen Me?, won the 1991 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and Prize Stories, the O. Henry Awards.
The next event in the series is an in-person talk by author and veterinarian Karen Fine on her book The Other Family Doctor on Thursday, January 11 at 11am.