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Past EventsSunday, February 24

Marriage in the Suburbs

Francesca Segal
Jami Attenberg
Rebecca Abrams

Jewish Book Week presented two witty novels of marriage in the suburbs: in London’s Hampstead Garden Suburb, childhood sweethearts Adam and Rachel are set for a life of domestic bliss. In Chicago, Edie, matriarch of the Middlesteins, is eating herself to death and her family can’t stop her.

Francesca Segal discussed The Innocents with Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins. Positioned respectively at the start and end of a marriage, both these books look fondly at Jewish habits, from Friday night dinner to B’nai Mitzvah dance classes and what not to do in synagogue.

“A very modern, sassy, London story,” said Simon Sebag Montefiore of The Innocents. “The Middlesteins had me from its very first pages,” said Jonathan Franzen.

The daughter of a novelist and an editor, Francesca Segal was born in London in 1980. Brought up in the UK and America, she studied at Oxford and Harvard universities before becoming a journalist and critic. Her first novel, The Innocents recently won the Costa First Novel Award and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. 

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Jami Attenberg is the author of two previous novels and a collection of short stories and is being published in Britain for the first time. She has written for The New York Times, Salon, and numerous other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

To buy this book from Blackwell's, click here. Ten per cent of the proceeds of book sales through Blackwell's benefit Jewish Book Week.

Rebecca Abrams's first novel, Touching Distance, was published to critical acclaim in 2008, was shortlisted for the 2009 McKitterick Prize and won the 2009 Medical Journalists’ Association Award for Fiction.  She is also the author of several successful non-fiction titles and has been a columnist for the Daily Telegraph for a number of years. Rebecca is a recipient of an Amnesty International Press Award, and is a regular contributor to the Guardian and other publications.

 

 

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