Newtonville Books presents a reading and book signing with Amy Gottlieb, author of the debut novel The Beautiful Possible (Harper Perennial).
Spanning seventy years and several continents—from a refugee’s shattered dreams in 1938 Berlin, to a discontented American couple in the 1950s, to a young woman’s life in modern-day Jerusalem—this epic, enthralling novel tells the braided love story of three unforgettable characters. In 1946, Walter Westhaus, a German Jew who spent the war years at Tagore’s ashram in India, arrives at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he meets Sol Kerem, a promising rabbinical student. A brilliant nonbeliever, Walter is the perfect foil for Sol’s spiritual questions, and an alluring paramour for Sol’s free-spirited fiancée Rosalie. While Walter pursues an academic career in Berkeley and Rosalie and Sol lead a congregation in suburban New York, the three of them remain yoked together in a complex web of desire, heartbreak, and redemption. With extraordinary empathy and virtuosic skill, The Beautiful Possible considers the hidden boundaries of marriage and faith, and the mysterious ways we negotiate our desires.
“Read it once for its story, again for its wisdom, and one more time for its poetry and truth.”
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