Go behind the stories and peer into the archives at the CJH book discussion, led by Lauren Gilbert, Senior Manager for Public Services at the Center for Jewish History. Join a discussion of The Vixen by Francine Prose, a novel about Simon Putnam, a recent Harvard graduate hired by a distinguished Manhattan publishing firm, which feels a world away from his middle-class Jewish home in Coney Island. Simon’s first assignment, editing a lurid bodice-ripper improbably based on the recent trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, tests his loyalties, because he has a secret that he cannot reveal at the height of the Red Scare: his beloved mother was a childhood friend of Ethel Rosenberg’s. We will look at some documents in the Center’s collections that are connected to the Rosenberg case, and we will be joined by author Francine Prose for a Q&A after the discussion.
Participants will need to obtain their own copy of the book to read in advance.
NOTE: This is an interactive book discussion for all participants, not a lecture, so space is limited.
Ticket Info: Pay what you wish; register at programs.cjh.org/tickets/people-book-club-2021-11-15 for a Zoom link