Both books center on the importance of place and the way the past affects the present.
In Everything Is Borrowed, a modern-day architect is sent into a career and spiritual crisis by a downtown building site that calls up echoes of the past--both the city's past, teeming with strange characters, and the protagonist's own history, aching with guilt. In Gateway to the Moon, a young man in a poverty-stricken New Mexico town goes to work for a newly arrived Jewish family, provoking an exploration of the shared roots of Spanish and Jewish immigrants as far back as the 15th century.
Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.
- Author readings, moderated discussion, book signings
- Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central branch, 1901 Vine Street (at Logan Square, between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway), Philadelphia
- Information: 215-686-5322
For other appearances by Nathaniel Popkin, check this page.