Mandel JCC Annual Book Luncheon
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Don’t miss the Annual Mandel JCC Book Luncheon

Join the Mandel JCC as we welcome co-authors, and real-life friends, Alyson Richman and Shaunna Edwards for a presentation on their novel The Thread Collectors. Loosely inspired by the authors’ family histories, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

1863: In a small Creole cottage in New Orleans, an ingenious young Black woman named Stella embroiders intricate maps on repurposed cloth to help enslaved men flee and join the Union Army. Meanwhile, in New York City, a Jewish woman stitches a quilt for her husband, who is stationed in Louisiana with the Union Army.  As these two women risk everything for love and freedom during the brutal Civil War, their paths converge in New Orleans, where an unexpected encounter leads them to discover that even the most delicate threads have the capacity to save us.

“An unforgettable story of female strength, hope and friendship. This collaborative work is magnificent—a true revelation!” —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman with the Blue Star

The Thread Collectors is a gift—not only for lovers of historical fiction, but for readers everywhere who search for hidden truths behind the facts we think we know. Like the fearless, sensitive, and resourceful women they write about, Edwards and Richman have stitched together a glorious tapestry of resilience, survival, friendship, and love. This is a Civil War story unlike any other—a story readers will treasure from the very first page.”
—Lynda Cohen Loigman, USA Today bestselling author of The Two-Family House and The Wartime Sisters

“In their transfixing novel, Edwards and Richman offer a vibrant tapestry of characters whose lives have been shattered by slavery and Civil War, yet find a tenuous connection in scraps of fabric that symbolize hope, love, even escape. Both heartbreaking and thrilling, I dare you to put this novel down as it hurtles toward its riveting conclusion.”
—Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue



Thank you for your continued support of the Mandel JCC Book Festival!



Ticket(s) to this event are included for Book Meyvn, Star Arts, Chaverim and Hamsa-level supporters

Meets from 11:30am to 1:30pm December 15, 2022 - December 15, 2022
Frenchmans Resesrve 3370 Grande Corniche Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-1613
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