The Hand of Miram by Ellen Gelerman
Join us for a discussion and online conversation with the author.
About the book:
Evil is the furthest thing from 12-year-old Miriam Saperstein’s mind. There’s a new stepfather, a baby brother, and now a move from her tiny Long Island town to Brooklyn to live with a great-grandmother she barely knows. Left to her own devices in an unfamiliar place, Miriam must find something — or someone — to entertain her.
When she meets the elderly neighbor known as “The Iceberg,” the stranger makes an astonishing claim: that they both are part of an ancient line of Jewish women — extending back to the biblical Miriam — capable of protecting others from the Evil Eye.
Are Miriam and The Iceberg deluding themselves, or are they actually part of something mysterious, powerful…and as old as the Torah itself? And will the amulets and blessings they rely on be enough when real Evil turns its eye their way?
The Hand of Miriam is a wholly original coming-of-age story weaving together Jewish tradition, the hidden inner strength of girls and women, and the struggles of finding one’s place in the world.
If you enjoy reading and discussing books with others, this group is for you. The discussions are lively, informative and at times, soul-searching.
Third Monday of each month
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
In-person or via Zoom
RSVP to Robin Ford at Rford@UJFT.org or (757) 321-2304.