Circle Book Group: I Married a Communist

12 Enfield Street in Jamaica Plain

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BOOK: I Married a Communist by Philip Roth

Author Philip Roth turns from the chaotic sixties (in American Pastoral) to the betrayals of the McCarthy Era one decade earlier. When silent film star Eve Frame (born Chava Fromkin) tells the world that her husband, famed radio actor Iron Rinn (born Ira Ringold), spied for the Commies, all hell breaks loose. (Library Journal Review)

Disconcerting echoes of Roth's relationship with Claire Bloom, as revealed in her memoir, Leaving the Doll's House, haunt Roth's angry but oddly inert 23rd novel. (Publishers Weekly Review)

Roth luxuriates in wordplay and circuitous storytelling, but his beautiful prose exquisitely achieves his purpose of illuminating every fiber of the fascinating Ira as well as of the social and political atmosphere of the post-World War II period. The result is a deft, trenchant novel. (Book List Review)

We meet from 10:15 AM until 12:15 PM, beginning with bagels, coffee & socializing. This is an open group that welcomes all readers interested in expanding their understanding of the wide variety of Jewish experiences throughout history and across the world.
A note from Marguerite, this month's host: I have two cats. One will hide, and the other is friendly. Let me know if you want me to sequester both of them. Please also note that parking can be tight on my street. There's a lot at the corner of Spring Park Ave and Centre Street, and from there you have a long block to walk to get to Enfield Street. I'm also a shortish walk (about six minutes) from the Stony Brook T stop on the Orange Line or five minutes from the #39 bus. Get in touch if you need help. 617-524-2127 (home) or 617-775-2233 (cell). Download a PDF with driving directions.
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