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The JCC of Central NJ welcomes New York Times reviewed author Anouk Markovits

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Join us as book groups and individuals come together to share insights and perspectives about this year’s book selection, I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits. 


Sweeping from the Central European countryside just before World War II to Paris to contemporary Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I Am Forbidden brings to life four generations of one Satmar family. A beautifully crafted, emotionally gripping story of what happens when unwavering love, un-yielding law and centuries of tradition collide.


I Am Forbidden has been described by the New York Times as an “elegant, enthralling novel” and praised by the Sunday Telegraph of London for “luminously beautiful prose.”  Lynn Andriani from Oprah Magazine calls this “A story that will resonate with anyone who’s ever bucked family expectations to find their own way of life.”


Markovits’ visit is part of One Book, One Jewish Community which is in its third year at the JCC. One Book, One Jewish Community is part of a national movement that encourages groups and individuals to read the same book and then come together to share insights and perspectives. Its goal is to foster a joy of reading while supporting Jewish identity and practice. 


I Am Forbidden can be purchased at a reduced rate of $18 at the JCC Member Services Desk and is also available at your local library.


This event is open to the community.

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