J-Reach NE Book Club Meeting-Tuesday, February 12 at 7 pm

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus

Join other Northeast Columbus-area residents for a community book club meeting on Tuesday, February 12. We will meet in the conference room at JCC New Albany (150 E. Granville Rd.) at 7 pm to discuss The Innocents by Francesca Segal.

All are welcome to join the community book club. Contact Becca Nitzberg at bnitzberg@columbusjcc.org or 559-6215 for details and to RSVP.

Book Summary

“Newly engaged and unthinkingly self-satisfied, 28-year-old Adam Newman is the prize catch of Temple Fortune, a small, tight-knit Jewish suburb of London. He has been dating Rachel Gilbert since they were both 16, and now, to the relief and happiness of the entire Gilbert family, they are finally to marry. To Adam, Rachel embodies the highest values of Temple Fortune; she is innocent, conventional, and entirely secure in her community – a place in which everyone still knows the whereabouts of their nursery school classmates. Marrying Rachel will cement Adam’s role in a warm, inclusive family he loves. But as the vast machinery of the wedding gathers momentum, Adam feels the first faint touches of claustrophobia, and when Rachel’s younger cousin Ellie Schneider moves home from New York, she unsettles Adam more than he’d care to admit. Ellie – beautiful, vulnerable, and fiercely independent – offers a liberation that he hadn’t known existed: a freedom from the loving interference and frustrating parochialism of North West London. Adam finds himself questioning everything, suddenly torn between security and exhilaration, tradition and independence. What might he be missing by staying close to home?”