On the Same Page Book Group: The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman, about "Father of Impressionism" Camille Pissarro's family origins in St. Thomas. Zoom discussion and slide show of related art.
Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel’s mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle’s daughter. But Rachel’s life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business. When her older husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.
Format: Zoom discussion and slide show of related art. RSVP to Patricia Kawa'a at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-372-1659 for discussion questions and zoom link.
Our next book will be Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland, and catch Hadassah's interview with her live on August, 15, 1pm. Future suggested books are Concealed by Esther Amini, whose family came from Iran, Churchill and the Jews: A Lifetime Friendship by Martin Gilbert. Send your book suggestions to Patricia Kawa'a at email@example.com