Date(s) & Time(s)::
September 13, 2010 at 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
Location: Peoria Public Library
Discuss great science fiction and fantasy every month on the second Monday at 7:00 p.m. For location meeting, call 497-2160. This event is free and new members are always welcome.
This month we will read and discuss Michael Chabon's Yiddish Policemen's Union.
The plot of Chabon’s novel is crafted into a historical “what if?” scenario following the plight of the Jews after World War II. In Yiddish Policemen’s Union Sitka, Alaska is presented as the temporary refuge for two million displaced Jews who now struggle to survive and maintain their cultural identity in a changing world. In actuality, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed such a settlement on the eve of World War II, but the Sitka plan never came to fruition and Israel was formed. In Chabon’s alternate reality however, Israel fails to gain a foothold in the Middle East and because the Sitka solution is fleeting, Alaskan Jews are at risk of losing their new homeland. Meyer Landsman, the hero of the story, is a rogue cop who discovers that one of his neighbors has been murdered. Landsman and his half Native American, half Jewish partner and attractive but tough boss who also just happens to be his ex-wife must investigate a shady underworld of crime-lord rabbis and black-hatted Orthodox gangs.