Tuesday’s Teaser

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should be Reading – the idea is to pick two sentences between lines 7 and 12 from any page in the book you’re currently reading without giving away ‘spoilers”.

This week I’ve picked three sentences ( for completeness) from page 49 of Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky. People are fleeing from Paris as the Germans advance on the city and food becomes scarce:

Christian charity, the compassion of centuries of civilisation, fell from her like useless ornaments, revealing her bare, arid soul. She needed to feed and protect her own children. Nothing else mattered any more.

12 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Teaser”

  1. I recently saw your post about reading Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française. I wanted to pass along some information on an exciting new exhibition about Némirovsky’s life, work, and legacy at the Museum of Jewish Heritage —A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française, which will run through the middle of March, will include powerful rare artifacts — the actual handwritten manuscript for Suite Française, the valise in which it was found, and many personal papers and family photos. The majority of these documents and artifacts have never been outside of France. For fans of her work, this exhibition is an opportunity to really “get to know” Irene. And for those who can’t visit, there will be a special website that will live on the Museum’s site http://www.mjhnyc.org/irene

    The Museum will host several public programs over the course of the exhibition’s run that will put Némirovsky’s work and life into historical and literary context. Book clubs and groups are invited to the Museum for tours and discussions in the exhibition’s adjacent Salon (by appointment). It is the Museum’s hope that the exhibit will engage visitors and promote dialogue about this extraordinary writer and the complex time in which she lived and died. To book a group tour, please contact Chris Lopez at 646.437.4304 or clopez@mjhnyc.org. Please visit our website at http://www.mjhnyc.org for up-to-date information about upcoming public programs or to join our e-bulletin list.

    Thanks for sharing this info with your readers! If you need any more, please do not hesitate to contact me at hfurst@mjhnyc.org

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