A fifteen year old Jewish boy from New Jersey spends a summer living and working on a Kentucky tobacco farm in 1942, hosted by a family that happens to be Christian. This opportunity is provided through a Federal government program intended to “encourage America’s religious and national minorities to become further incorporated into the larger society.”* Sandy loves it. His parents are uneasy. Gradually the boy and his family slide into painful and ultimately dangerous conflict.
The desire to be – or at least seem to be – normal can cause terrible strain within families. Have you lived this through this – as a child, parent, sibling? Please join us and share your story. All are welcome!
*This week’s Conversation is a special tie-in to this year’s One Book One New Paltz book: Philip Roth’s quietly terrifying novel The Plot Against America.