Date(s) - Thursday, August 5th
5:30 pm CDT - 7:00 pm CDT
Gordon Park Pavilion
Join Zhanna Slor, author of At the End of the World, Turn Left, as she discusses her debut novel, a compelling story about identity and how you define “home” set in Milwaukee’s eclectic Riverwest neighborhood. Slor will be interviewed by Mushka Lein, Program Coordinator at Chabad of the East Side.
The Book Talk will be followed immediately by a Book Signing. Buy At the End of the World, Turn Left from Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s Online Store.
At the End of the World, Turn Left
Masha remembers her childhood in the former USSR, but found her life and heart in Israel. Anna was just an infant when her family fled, but yearns to find her roots. When Anna is contacted by a stranger from their homeland and then disappears, Masha is called home to Milwaukee to find her.
In 2008, college student Anna feels stuck in Milwaukee, with no real connections and parents who stifle her artistic talents. She is eager to have a life beyond the heartland. When she’s contacted online by a stranger from their homeland―a girl claiming to be her long-lost sister―Anna suspects a ruse or an attempt at extortion. But her desperate need to connect with her homeland convinces her to pursue the connection. At the same time, a handsome grifter comes into her life, luring her with the prospect of a nomadic lifestyle.
Masha lives in Israel, where she went on Birthright and unexpectedly found home. When Anna disappears without a trace, Masha’s father calls her back to Milwaukee to help find Anna. In her former home, Masha immerses herself in her sister’s life―which forces her to recall the life she, too, had left behind, and to confront her own demons. What she finds in her search for Anna will change her life, and her family, forever.
This program is free and open to the public.
Meet at Gordon Park Pavilion (2828 N Humboldt Blvd, Milwaukee, 53212). Bring your own chair or picnic blanket for seating. Masks are encouraged. Parking is free. Restrooms are available.
Weather plan: If the weather is bad, you will be emailed a link Thursday afternoon to join us virtually for the program.
Donations will be used to offset the cost of location. Please consider donating.
In partnership with Coalition for Jewish Learning, NextGen MKE and Women’s Philanthropy of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. In connection with Brother, Can You Spare a Dime: Jewish Artists of the WPA, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, June 17 – September 5, 2021.
About the Author
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Zhanna Slor was born in the former Soviet Union and moved to the Midwest in the early 1990s. She has been published in many literary magazines, including Ninth Letter, Another Chicago Magazine, and Michigan Quarterly Review, and she is a frequent contributor to The Forward. She and her husband, saxophonist for Jazz-Rock fusion band Marbin, recently relocated to Milwaukee, where they live with their young daughter.