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Rachel Barenbaum

A Bend in the Stars

December 2 | 7:30pm

Every first Wednesday of the month we will meet virtually to discuss a new book by a Jewish Author or with Jewish content or themes.

Our Pick for December is A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum.

Copies of the book can be bought locally for The Twig Book Shop or Online. If you choose to purchase from Amazon please consider using AmazonSmile and select Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio as your charity for us to receive a portion of your purchase price.

All the Light We Cannot See meets The Nightingale in this literary WWI-era novel and epic love story of a brilliant young doctor who races against Einstein to solve one of the universe's great mysteries.
 
In Russia, in the summer of 1914, as war with Germany looms and the Czar's army tightens its grip on the local Jewish community, Miri Abramov and her brilliant physicist brother, Vanya, are facing an impossible decision. Since their parents drowned fleeing to America, Miri and Vanya have been raised by their babushka, a famous matchmaker who has taught them to protect themselves at all costs: to fight, to kill if necessary, and always to have an escape plan. But now, with fierce, headstrong Miri on the verge of becoming one of Russia's only female surgeons, and Vanya hoping to solve the final puzzles of Einstein's elusive theory of relativity, can they bear to leave the homeland that has given them so much?
 
Before they have time to make their choice, war is declared and Vanya goes missing, along with Miri's fiancé. Miri braves the firing squad to go looking for them both. As the eclipse that will change history darkens skies across Russia, not only the safety of Miri's own family but the future of science itself hangs in the balance.
 
Grounded in real history -- and inspired by the solar eclipse of 1914 -- A Bend in the Stars offers a heart-stopping account of modern science's greatest race amidst the chaos of World War I, and a love story as epic as the railways crossing Russia.
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Rachel Barenbaum's debut novel, A Bend In The Stars, was named a New York Times Summer Reading Selection and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. It is also a Boston Globe bestseller. Rachel's second novel, The History of Time Travel, is forthcoming from Grand Central (2021).
 
Rachel is a prolific writer and reviewer for the Los Angeles Review of Books and DeadDarlings. She is a graduate of GrubStreet's "Novel Incubator." In a former life she was a hedge fund manager and a spin instructor. She has degrees from Harvard in Business, and Literature and Philosophy. She lives in Hanover, NH with her husband, three children, and dog named Zishe -- after the folk hero who inspires many tales around their dinner table.