TE Reads: Amy and Isabelle
January 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Everyone is invited to read Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout and then come together for a discussion with Rabbi Gardenswartz.
Read the book then come for the conversation!
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Message from Rabbi Gardenswartz:
Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout is stunningly gorgeous and important.
Here are some questions the novel raises:
- Can we ever really know somebody else? How can it be that the people who are closest to us-same home, same family, same roof, same dining room table, shared life-have mysteries? Real. And scary.
- How little does it take to mess up a life. One bad decision. We ruin our life, of somebody else’s life. As the narrator puts it: “it wasn’t any earthquake, it wasn’t any ‘act of God.’ No, you couldn’t blame these things on God. It was people, just ordinary, regular people, who did this to each other. People ruined other people’s lives.”
- How patterns, including bad patterns, recur from generation to generation. Like daughter like mother. Like mother like daughter. Is past always prologue?
- In the pathos of living, what is the role of God, prayer, and community of faith? Amy and Isabelle provides honest and helpful vignettes of a person who is trying to pray, but is blocked for many years from finding any meaning in prayer. Then one day, her core prayer just gushes forth. Intuitive and flowing and helpful. What is our core prayer, and how do we get there?
I am in love with this novel. The prose is beyond gorgeous. The relevance to our life is powerful. This book will keep you thinking.