Margaret McMullen: Where the Angels Lived (Temple Beth Israel Event)

Join award-winning author Margaret McMullen as she discusses and signs copies of her new memoir, Where The Angels Lived, a true story of a woman's relentless determination to pick up the pieces of her family's fragmented history throughout the Hungarian Holocaust. The event begins with a bagel brunch ($5 cost) at 9:30 AM.  You are welcome to come and hear the presentation at 10 AM at no charge. 

The moment she discovers the existence of Richard, a long-lost relative, at Israel's Holocaust Museum, author Margaret McMullan begins an unexpected journey of revelation and connectivity as she researches the history of her ancestors, the Engel de Jánosis. Propelled by a Fulbright cultural exchange that sends her to teach at a Hungarian University, Margaret, her husband and teenage son all eagerly travel to Pécs, the land of her mother's Jewish lineage. After reaching Pécs, a Hungarian town both small and primarily Christian, Margaret realizes right then and there how difficult her mission is going to be. Heart-wrenching, passionate and insightful, Where the Angels Lived beautifully documents a woman's efforts to put together the pieces of her family's fragmented history throughout the Hungarian Holocaust.

"Margaret McMullan has written a beautiful and heartrending account of her pilgrimage to Pécs, Hungary in the hope of retrieving what she can of the story of a distant (Jewish) relative, lost in the Holocaust. Written with her usual vividly realized, emotionally engaging prose, in which Margaret emerges as a protagonist with whom the reader identifies, Where the Angels Lived is a powerful testament of familial mourning as well as a vision of 20th century European history that is both searing and uplifting."  -Joyce Carol Oates

"An absolutely riveting story by an utterly engaging narrator-a triumphant blend of honesty, insight, research and imagination. The lethal, irrational hostility of one people towards another is movingly conveyed in all its appalling vividness, at the same time as a vein of humor and delight in discovering and recovering the past animates the prose. McMullan's best book."  -Phillip Lopate

Margaret McMullan is the recipient of a 2010 NEA Fellowship in literature, a 2010 Fulbright at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, and the National Author Winner of the 2011 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. She is the author of nine award-winning books, including her new memoir, Where The Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Loss, Exile, and Return. Discover more at http://margaretmcmullan.com

Event date: 

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Event address: 

Temple Beth Israel
3601 Dempster Street,
Skokie, IL 60076
Where the Angels Lived Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781944593087
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Calypso Editions - May 2019

The moment she discovers the existence of Richard, a long-lost relative, at Israel's Holocaust Museum, Margaret McMullan begins an unexpected journey of revelation and connectivity as she tirelessly researches the history of her ancestors, the Engel de J nosis.