Jennifer Cody Epstein: Wunderland (A Temple Beth Israel Event)

Internationally bestselling novelist Jennifer Cody Epstein visits Temple Beth Israel as part of their "Souper Study" programming!  She'll be discussing her new novel, Wunderland.  Sign up for this event on the Temple website. 

About the Novel:

An inti­mate por­trait of a friend­ship, sev­ered by his­to­ry and wartime. Man­hat­tan, 1989. Things had nev­er been easy between Ava and her estranged moth­er Ilse. Too many ques­tions hov­ered between them: Who was Ava’s father? Where had Ilse been dur­ing the war? Why had she left her only child in a Ger­man orphan­age dur­ing the war? But now Ilse’s ash­es have arrived from Ger­many, and with them a trove of unsent let­ters addressed to some­one else unknown to Ava: Renate, a child­hood friend. As her mother’s let­ters unfurl a dark past, Ava spi­rals into the shock­ing his­to­ry of a woman she nev­er tru­ly knew.

Through the friendship of two teenaged girls in 1930s Germany, Wunderland depicts, in intimate and chilling detail, how fascism, racism, and xenophobia are made normal and acceptable; how ordinary people, beguiled by the siren call of nationalism, are led willingly into acts of inhumanity--and could be again, if we ignore the lessons of the past. But this novel is more than a history lesson; it's a heart-in-your-mouth page-turner that leaves you thinking about its characters, and imagining how things might have gone for them in a different world, long afterwards." --Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound

About the Author:

Jen­nifer Cody Epstein, daughter-in-law of Temple member Stephen Epstein, is the author of the inter­na­tion­al best­seller The Painter from Shang­hai and The Gods of Heav­en­ly Pun­ish­ment and win­ner of the 2013 Asian Pacif­ic Asso­ci­a­tion of Librar­i­ans Hon­or award for out­stand­ing fic­tion. She has writ­ten for The Wall Street Jour­nal, Vogue, Self, Made­moi­selle, and many oth­ers. She has an MFA in fic­tion from Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty and an MA in inter­na­tion­al affairs from the Johns Hop­kins School of Advanced Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies. She lives in Brook­lyn with her hus­band and two daughters.


Event date: 

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Event address: 

Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Wunderland: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525576907
Availability: Not on hand, usually available within 1-5 Days
Published: Crown - April 23rd, 2019

USA TODAY BESTSELLER • “Searing . . . a heartbreaking page-turner.”—People