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    A pile of books spelling out Book Club on the spines and two teacupsThursday, June 6, 2019
    11:00 am – 12:30 pm

    Exchange and challenge ideas, meet new friends and enjoy engaging discussions about books in a friendly and informal setting. Book reviewer: Beverley Fingerhut. Audio versions of these titles are available at The Toronto Public Library.




    FREE – please RSVP 1 week in advance to Deanna Di Lello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or x250. 

    Make a day of it at the MNjcc – come for our morning Book Club gathering and stay for our afternoon cultural program, concert, lecture or workshop. 










    Book cover of The Gustav Sonata. A bunch of red flowers is in the center, with a background covered with music notes. June 6, 2019

    Gustav Sonata

    by Rose Tremain

    Winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction

    A breathtakingly radiant story of an unlikely childhood friendship that survives the test of time.

    Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem only a distant echo. An only child, he lives alone with Emilie, the mother he adores but who treats him with bitter severity. He begins an intense friendship with a Jewish boy his age, talented and mercurial Anton Zweibel, a budding concert pianist. The novel follows Gustav’s family, tracing the roots of his mother’s anti-Semitism and its impact on her son and his beloved friend. Moving backward to the war years and the painful repercussions of an act of conscience, and forward through the lives and careers of the two men, one who becomes a hotel owner, the other a concert pianist, The Gustav Sonata explores the passionate love of childhood friendship as it is lost, transformed, and regained over a lifetime. It is a powerful and deeply moving addition to the beloved oeuvre of one of our greatest contemporary novelists.











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