Book Club

BOOK CLUB

The next meeting of the Malverne Jewish Center Book Club will take place on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm.

We will be discussing The Hotel Neversink by Adam O’Fallon Price.

The book is readily available through the Nassau County library system (some may be available in large print or as a E book) as well as for purchase in various formats. The book club is open to anyone, so bring a friend.

 

Overview

Thirty-one years after workers first broke ground, the magnificent Hotel Neversink in the Catskills finally opens to the public. Then a young boy disappears.

This mysterious vanishing―and the ones that follow―will brand the lives of three generations. At the root of it all is Asher Sikorsky, the ambitious and ruthless patriarch whose purchase of the hotel in 1931 set a haunting legacy into motion. His daughter Jeanie sees the Hotel Neversink into its most lucrative era, but also its darkest. Decades later, Asher’s grandchildren grapple with the family’s heritage in their own ways: Len fights to keep the failing, dilapidated hotel alive, and Alice sets out to finally uncover the murderer’s identity.

Told by an unforgettable chorus of Sikorsky family members―a matriarch, a hotel maid, a traveling comedian, the hotel detective, and many others―The Hotel Neversink is the gripping portrait of a Jewish family in the Catskills over the course of a century. With an unerring eye and with prose both comic and tragic, Adam O’Fallon-Price details one man’s struggle for greatness, no matter the cost, and a long-held family secret that threatens to undo it all.

Future Readings/Discussions

 
On Monday, February 22, 2021 the selection will be All The Rivers: A Novel by Dorit Rabinyan.  For our discussion scheduled on Monday, April 26, 2021 the book is The Lost Girls of Paris: A Novel by Pam Jenoff.  The selection for our discussion on Monday, June 28, 2021 is Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century by Sarah Abrevaya Stein.