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When: Thursday, July 25, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Where: Cira, located in the Huxton Hotel
200 North Green Street
Chicago, Illinois 
United States
Contact: Debbera Hypke

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Downtown Book Club - Thursday, July 25 at 5:30 pm

Join CFE for a downtown book club gathering.  The featured book is Second Person Singular, by Sayed Kashu.  A powerful and gripping tale of a successful Arab criminal attorney and a social worker-turned-artist who find their lives intersecting under the most curious of circumstances.

The lawyer has a thriving practice in the Jewish part of Jerusalem, a large house, a Mercedes, speaks both Arabic and Hebrew, and is in love with his wife and two young children. In an effort to uphold his image as a sophisticated Israeli Arab, he often makes weekly visits to a local bookstore to pick up popular novels. On one fateful evening, he decides to buy a used copy of Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata, a book his wife once recommended. To his surprise, inside he finds a small white note, a love letter, in Arabic, in her handwriting. Consumed with suspicion and jealousy, the lawyer slips into a blind rage over the presumed betrayal. He first considers murder, revenge, then divorce, but when the initial sting of humiliation and hurt dissipates, he decides to hunt for the book’s previous owner—a man named Yonatan, a man who is not easy to track down, whose identity is more complex than imagined, and whose life is more closely aligned with his own than expected. In the process of dredging up old ghosts and secrets, the lawyer tears the string that holds all of their lives together.

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