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August 17, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Reading Group hopes to meet in the Parish Hall to discuss this month’s book.
Our book for August will be “The Beekeeper of Aleppo” by Christy Lefteri.
An Amazon Best Book of August 2019: When I would hear of Aleppo, the image it conjured is the now-iconic photo of a stunned and bloodied child sitting in an ambulance–collateral damage in Syria’s ongoing civil war. In the U.S. this conflict seemed so remote, but that image brought it close and engendered empathy for the plight of the people there. That’s what Christy Lefteri’s novel The Beekeeper of Aleppo does as well, a heart-wrenching story that humanizes the immigration debate by illuminating the sorts of desperate circumstances that compel people to flee their home countries or face a violent, and likely deadly, end. When the novel begins, ordinary Syrian couple Nuri and Afra’s son has been killed, Afra is blinded, and Nuri’s beloved apiary has been destroyed. Increasingly imperiled, they set out on a treacherous trek to the UK by way of Turkey and Greece—a journey that will test their already fractured relationship, and their faith in the world. Lefteri is the daughter of refugees and volunteered at a center for the displaced in Athens. What that experience imprinted on her permeates the pages of The Beekeeper of Aleppo; reading it will mark you in a deeply personal way too. —Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review
See information in the weekly E-Lion, or contact Jane Brubaker for connection information if we still need to meet via Zoom.