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Feb 28 2013

Literview: Joshua Henkin, Author of “The World Without You”

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joshua henkin kveller book clubThis month, the Kveller Book Club read the novel The World Without You by Joshua Henkin. Josh was kind enough to answer some questions for us about the novel and some of its inherent topics (including Judaism and parenting…two subjects synonymous with Kveller, of course).

Later today from 12 – 1 EST, we’ll host Josh for a chat on Twitter, where all of our readers will have a chance to pick his brain. To join, tweet your questions at @JoshuaHenkin and add the hashtag #Kvellerlit. Please join us!

This book is obviously very Jewish–its characters, subject matters, general ‘Jewiness.’ Do you think it’s important, as a writer who is also Jewish, to write “Jewish books”? Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 27 2013

Kveller Book Club Chat: The World Without You

By at 12:38 pm

the world without youWelcome to another installment of the Kveller Book Club. This month, we read Joshua Henkin’s novel The World Without You.

Reminder: Be sure to join us for our Twitter chat with Joshua Henkin (@JoshuaHenkin) tomorrow from 12-1 p.m. EST. Follow along with #KvellerLit.

The book explores the aftermath of a son’s death–and how his parents, wife, and sisters are handling life a year later as they gather for a memorial at their summer home in the Berkshires. The book also tackles topics including death, modern Orthodoxy, the challenges of being a parent, a child, and a sibling, not to mention, female (all of the novel’s main characters are women). Needless to say, this book provides lots of material for a Kveller chat, and we want to hear from you! Please add your thoughts to the discussion by leaving a comment below!  Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 21 2013

Book Club Reminder: The World Without You by Joshua Henkin

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Kveller book clubHello Kveller readers! Here’s a friendly reminder that our upcoming book club chat will happen right here on the blog next Wednesday, February 27.

This month we’re reading The World Without You by novelist Joshua Henkin. Just a teaser: this book explores the aftermath of a son’s death–and how his parents, wife, and sisters are handling life a year later. We’re especially excited for this month’s chat because Henkin’s novel offers us a chance to talk about many issues close to the Kveller reader’s heart, including parenting, Judaism, infertility, and dealing with loss. What’s more–while this month’s featured author is male, The World Without You is written from multiple female perspectives and we think you’ll find there’s lots of literary territory to mine here.  Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 4 2013

February Book Club: The World Without You + A Giveaway

By at 9:56 am

the world without youHello, Kveller readers and would-be readers! Fresh off of our book club chat about Katie Roiphe’s In Praise of Messy Lives comes our announcement for next month’s book club pick: we’ll be delving back into literary fiction and reading The World Without You, by novelist Joshua Henkin.

Yes, yes, we know what you’re thinking: the only rule of the Kveller Book Club was that we only read books by Jewish women, and as you may have guessed, Joshua Henkin is not, in fact, a woman. But, The World Without You is heavily female focused–starring three sisters, a widow, a mother, and a grandmother. And, well, what are rules if not meant to be broken?

Set over Fourth of July weekend in 2005, the novel witnesses a family gathering in the Berkshires to remember Leo, a son and brother who was killed one year before in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry →


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