11 2024

Meryl Ain "Shadows We Carry"

7:00PM - 8:00PM  

Thursday, April 11, 2024
7 PM
In person at the JCC

John F. Kennedy’s assassination is a defining moment in history, and, as Bronka Lubinski
astutely comments, “Nothing will ever be the same again.” The novel illustrates the effects of
the societal changes and upheavals of the 1960s and 70s.

Judy and Aron Lubinski, both Holocaust survivors, and their fraternal twin daughters, who were
born in a DP camp, all carry deep family secrets from their past lives as they struggle to
assimilate to American life in Queens, NY.

Both sisters attend Queens College, but that is perhaps where their similarities end.
The novel reaches beyond just one family. The extended Jewish families of the neighborhood,
friends, coworkers, activists, Catholic priests, and ex-Nazis and Nazi hunters all have a role to

In this well-researched, character-driven story, Ain examines many themes and issues with
insight and compassion. She folds topics such as feminism, antisemitism, gay rights, abortion,
and second-generation Holocaust survivor concerns into the characters’ lives. Because Ain
thoughtfully interweaves numerous historical events, significant nostalgic details, and cultural
and geographic references, the characters’ stories will resonate deeply with those who
experienced the era.