Join us as Mark leads us through a discussion of two novels that depict real historical events, but through the lens of fiction.
July 8: Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander is a hilarious and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit.
The New York Times wrote, “Other fiction writers have gotten this fresh with Anne Frank. But they don’t get much funnier…He brings to mind Woody Allen, Joseph Heller and a libido-free version of Philip Roth…It’s a tall order for Mr. Auslander to raise an essentially comic novel to this level of moral contemplation. Yet Hope: A Tragedy succeeds shockingly well.”
Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic whose focus was Chaucer and Harriet Beecher Stowe. After several years teaching, he resigned and moved to New York to write. In New York, he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together, they have written more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View. His website is bruceandmark.com.
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