Between the Lines: Shadows We Carry

By :  Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary Posted On Nov 21, 2023 / 5784 | Author Conversations: Between the Lines Library Programs

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Meryl Ain discusses her new award-winning novel, Shadows We Carry. In this sequel to the award-winning post-Holocaust novel The Takeaway Men, the Lubinski twins struggle with their roles as women and coming to terms with their family’s Holocaust legacy at the same time as political and social upheaval roils through the United States. Meryl leads us in a conversation about how essential Jewish questions can be addressed through novels. Her book includes such issues as: Who is a Jew? Who is responsible for the misdeeds of previous generations? What is the most important lesson of the Holocaust?

About the Author

Meryl Ain is a writer, author, podcaster, and career educator. Her new novel, Shadows We Carry, is the sequel to The Takeaway Men, her award-winning debut novel, which was published in 2020. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications, and she is the author of two nonfiction books. A member of the International Advisory Board for Holocaust Survivor Day, she is the host of the podcast People of the Book, and the founder of the Facebook group “Jews Love to Read!” She holds a BA from Queens College, an MA from Columbia University, and a doctorate in education from Hofstra University. She and her husband, Stewart, a journalist, live on Long Island. They have three married sons and six grandchildren.