Today, August 5, is the birthday of French writer Guy de Maupassant who was born in the year 1850.
I’m glad I read, “Next to Love” (book review) by Ellen Feldman (website), it was a very enjoyable, well written and unique book. I had some hesitation before requesting it, but I’m glad I did. Ms. Feldman was kind enough to answer a few questions I had, here they are. Q. The cover is very striking. How did it come together? Any significance to the photos? A. I’m so glad you think the jacket is striking. I do too, but I can’t take any credit for it. All I did was tell the whole wonderful team at Spiegel & Grau that I loved it. It did gothrough many incarnations, and when we got to this one, we all searched forphotos that evoked the war without looking like specific characters. At one point my editor and I even flirted with the idea of using our family photos, but finally decided against it. Q. Why did you choose the setting for “Next to Love” to be in Massachusetts as oppose, Kansas for example which inmany people’s mind represents America? A. To those of us who have lived all our lives in the northeast, New England is as American as Kansas,perhaps more so….
“Far from Zion: In Search of a Global Jewish Community” by Charles London is a non-fiction account of the author’s search for his identity. In his search Mr. London goes far and wide looking for Jews in diaspora.