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Tamar Hodes - Mixed book launch Event

Mixed book cover
Time:
16:00
Date:
23 June 2022
Venue:
Library Conference Room

For more information regarding this event, please email Clodagh Owens at parkes@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

Tamar Hodes will be reading from her new novel Mixed which explores what it is like to be Jewish in the UK today. Refreshments will be available beforehand at 16:00.

The novel concerns sisters Miriam and Ruth Green who have very different ideas about Jewish identity. This causes friction between them and other family members but will the rift between them be healed? The novel - like Judaism itself - is joyful, poignant, and complex but it is also a novel about the deep interfaith friendship between Jewish Miriam and Muslim Mehreen. The book is full of colourful characters: psychiatrist Israel who is more interested in his giant vegetables than his wife; Shlossy who smokes a pipe, dresses like a man and insults everyone in in Yiddish, and Morris who hides his sexuality behind Jewish jokes. Taking its structure from a challah, the novel has three plaited strands: the narrative, character chapters and funny versions of much-loved Jewish recipes such as Chopped Herring: Get some herring. Chop it. Fumigate the house.

Copies of Mixed will be on sale as well as Tamar's other books, The Watercress Wife and Other Stories, Raffy's Shapes and The Water and the Wine. She will be happy to sign copies.

16.00-16.30: Refreshments

16.30-18.00: Book launch.

Tamar Hodes
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