Author Jessica Keener will discuss her latest novel, Strangers in Budapest: A Novel, about a young American couple who move to Budapest after the fall of the Communist regime. Eight months after their move, they receive a message from friends in the US asking that they check up on an elderly man, a fiercely independent Jewish American WWII veteran who helped free Hungarian Jews from a Nazi prison camp. They soon learn that the man, Edward Weiss, has come to Hungary seeking revenge on the person he believes murdered his daughter. The couple ultimately becomes enmeshed in a dark and deadly conflict. Bestselling novelist, Caroline Leavitt, calls the novel 'a dazzlingly original tale about home, loss, and the persistence of love.'
Jessica Keener's fiction has been recognized in The Pushcart Prize under "Outstanding Writers," and won Redbook magazine's second prize. Her debut novel, Night Swim, has been widely praised by reviewers and book bloggers including The New York Times, which called Night Swim "an earnest debut" and "moving." The Boston Globe said "Keener perfectly captures a certain kind of 1970s adolescence," and Booklist said "this memorable debut will strike a universal chord with readers." Her work has appeared in scores of national publications and literary magazines, most recently in Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Huffington Post and The Nervous Breakdown. She is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist's Grant and was a finalist in Breadloaf's Bakeless novel competition. Copies of her book will be available for purchase.
This is a free program sponsored by Memorial Hall Library and the Merrimack Valley Chapter of Hadassah.
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