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CBI Book Club

April 27, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

More Than I Love My Life by David Grossman

Our April meeting of the CBI Book Club will take place over Zoom on Thursday, April 27 at 7:30pm (EDT) to discuss David Grossman’s magnificent new novel, More Than I Love My Life.

As many of you may know, Grossman is Israel’s most prominent fiction writer and this book is currently long-listed for the International Booker Prize. A beautiful book, “it is a love story about a family and their myriad individual tragedies. But it is also about the way the personal can never be wholly separated from the political” (The London Observer). To help us navigate Grossman’s new book, please refer to the family tree below.

This book, translated by Jessica Cohen, is available to purchase online; a print copy is suggested in lieu of a digital version. Those who plan on joining us should RSVP by email to Suzanne Levy Graver at [email protected].

David Grossman, More Than I Love My Life. Vintage Books, 2019. Translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen. Because Grossman’s novel has eight major characters and a somewhat non-sequential plot, I’ve printed below a Family Tree that I drew up to help me navigate it. I suggest you read the print, not the Kindle edition, enabling you turn back when need be. Despite its difficulties, I hope you find it to be as fascinating, moving, and thought-provoking a book as I have. It’s also, alas terribly pertinent to events occurring in the world we live in today. Tuvia Bruck (1901-1995) married Dushinka (died 1962); child was Rafael “Rafi” Bruck (born 1947). Tuvia Bruck married Vera Novak (born 1918) in 1963. Milosz Novak married Vera Bauer (“In ‘36 we met, in ‘41 we married, in ‘51 he died.”); child was Nina Novak (born 1946). Rafi Bruck and Nina Novak married; child was Gili Bruck (born 1969), filmmaker / author and the narrator. Gili Bruck married Meir; child was Nina (5 ½ years old).


April 27, 2023
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Congregation Beth Israel
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