May 15, 2018 | 7:00 PM | Tuesday
Wendy Brown-Baez will read and discuss Catch a Dream, a novel set in Israel during the first intifada. Catch a Dream is a woman's journey to healing while living in a country embroiled in relentless turmoil.
Start on : May 15, 2018 7:00 PM Tuesday
End on : May 15, 2018 8:30 PM Tuesday
Wendy Brown-Baez will read and discuss Catch a Dream, a novel set in Israel during the first intifada. Catch a Dream is a woman's journey to healing while living in a country embroiled in relentless turmoil. Wendy lived in Israel for three years and her novel is based on true events. But mostly it is a love story: a love story of the country and yet despair at the violence that goes against all she believes in. A love story with a dangerous but charming man. A story of contradictions: how to be a good mother and a fulfilled woman, how to stay in a place that is not her heritage but feels like home.
In Israel, the first Intifada has just begun. Palestinian frustration for a homeland erupts in strikes, demonstrations and suicide bombings and Israel responds with tear gas, arrests, and house demolitions. Lily Ambrosia and Rainbow Dove arrive in Haifa with their children on a pilgrimage to sow seeds of peace. Lily’s fascination with Jewish culture inspires her to dream she can plant roots in the Holy Land. She falls in love with the land itself, with its people, and with Levi, a charming enigma, dangerous but irresistible. Eventually she is fully immersed in Israeli life, earning her way as a nanny, hanging out in cafes with friends, and attending Yom Kippur in the synagogue. Her son rebels against the lifestyle she has chosen and war with Syria looms on the horizon. Will she be able to stay? What does she have to give up and what will she be able to keep?
The following Tuesday, Wendy will lead a writing workshop on the topic of writing with courage.