Life During Wartime

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The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman.

Cantor/Rabbi Debra Stein of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons will lead an online event on Thursday, May 21, at noon to delve into “The Wartime Sisters,” a book by Lynda Cohen Loigman. The event is part of the Center’s Virtual Book Club Gathering and all are welcome to expand their thinking on a new topic or just meet new friends in the virtual neighborhood. Whether you’re an avid reader or just want to follow along with the group, the book club welcomes you.

Though “The Wartime Sisters” is a fictional story of two estranged sisters raised in Brooklyn, it is rich with realistic relationship complexities. Both sisters are burdened with their own shocking secret. In the early days of WWII, the two siblings are suddenly reunited at the Springfield Armory only to find that they couldn’t be more vastly different.

While one sister lives in relative ease as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a menial position in the armory’s factory. Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.

Author Lynda Cohen Loigman, will be joining the group virtually for a presentation, Q&A session and discussion about the inspiration for her book. She will share how she incorporated real life accounts of those who worked at the armory during the war. Raised in Massachusetts, she received a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard College and a law degree from Columbia Law School. “The Wartime Sisters” was selected as a Woman’s World Book Club pick and a Best Book of 2019 by Real Simple Magazine. She is currently at work on her third novel.

To pre-register for the event, visit http://jcoh.org/bookclub. Send questions for the author to office@jcoh.org by Wednesday, May 20.

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