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Special Speaker Event: Michael Oren

Friday, December 2, 2022 8 Kislev 5783

7:30 PM

Join us after Shabbat services for a delicious dessert oneg and hear from a very special guest - Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States and three-time New York Times bestselling author. Dr. Oren will speak about a variety of insightful topics and also discuss his new book, Swann's War.

Signed copies of the book will be given out for free to the first 100 people who RSVP. (1 book per RSVP submission.) Must be present to receive your book. (Please note: Due to Shabbat, book sales or signings cannot take place during the event.)

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About our Guest Speaker:

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren is the winner of both the Los Angeles Times History Book of the Year Award and the National Jewish Book Award (both for Six Days of War: June 1967 and The Making of the Modern Middle East), as well as a celebrated historian and diplomat. With Swann’s War, Michael Oren returns to his first love, fiction writing, bringing his immense creativity, intelligence, imagination, historical perspective and expertise to this unique crime novel. He lives in Tel Aviv.

About Swann's War - a literary mystery by Michael Oren:

With Swann's War, Michael Oren turns his attention to World War II and delivers a page-turning, historical mystery novel filled with powerful imagery, masterful storytelling, and layered, unforgettable characters. In the tradition of Where the Crawdads Sing and the BBC’s Foyle’s War, Michael Oren bewitches readers with historical fiction set in the world of uncertainty that only exists in wartime.

World War II is raging overseas but life remains painfully quiet on the rugged New England fishing island of Fourth Cliff, where the only sign of war is the lack of able-bodied men and a hastily-constructed military prison camp for Italian POWs.

Newlywed and former Boston cop Mary Beth Swann had barely moved to the island when her husband Archie, Fourth Cliff’s beloved police captain, shipped out to fight in the Marines. Mary Beth steps into his law and order role, expecting a quiet existence on the island homefront.

When a murdered POW surfaces in a fisherman’s net, followed by more bodies, Swann struggles to command the respect of Fourth Cliff’s hardscrabble islanders, petty despots, and patronizing military officers. Determined to find the killer and prove herself, Swann must rely only on the help of a simple-minded deputy, a disgraced doctor, and a mob-connected mainlander while grappling with her own isolation, lack of investigative experience, and nagging self-doubt.


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