More Than I Love My Life
Wednesday October 20 / 10:30 am
Virtual at the J and at-home
More Than I Love My Life is a sweeping story about the power of love and loving with courage. A novel driven by faith in humanity even in our darkest moments, it asks us to confront our deepest held beliefs about a woman's duty to herself and to her children. On a kibbutz in Israel in 2008, Gili is celebrating the ninetieth birthday of her grandmother Vera, the adored matriarch of a sprawling and tight-knit family. But festivities are interrupted by the arrival of Nina: the iron-willed daughter who rejected Vera's care; and the absent mother who abandoned Gili when she was still a baby.
Nina's return to the family after years of silence precipitates an epic journey from Israel to the desolate island of Goli Otok, formerly part of Yugoslavia. It was here, five decades earlier, that Vera was held and tortured as a political prisoner. And it is here that the three women will finally come to terms with the terrible moral dilemma that Vera faced, and that permanently altered the course of their lives.
DAVID GROSSMAN was born in Jerusalem, where he still lives with his wife Michal, a child psychologist. He is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and fiction, including To the End of the Land (for which he received the National Jewish Book Award in 2010.) His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, among others, and has been translated into more than 40 languages. He’s received numerous prizes, including the Man Booker International Prize (2017), the Israel Prize for Literature (2018), and the Albatross Prize, (2017), the Israel Prize for Literature (2018), and the Albatross Prize, given by the Gunter Grass Foundation.