Facilitated by Jim Van Buskirk

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Ruth Puttermesser, yearning for a life of the mind, finds herself mired in the lowest circles of New York City’s bureaucracy. Her love life is hopeless, and her fantasies have a disconcerting tendency to come true—with disastrous consequences. Puttermesser yearns for a daughter and promptly creates one, unassisted, in the form of the first recorded female golem. Laboring in the dusty crevices of the civil service, she dreams of reforming the city, and manages to get herself elected mayor. Puttermesser contemplates the afterlife and is hurtled into it headlong, only to discover that a paradise found is also a paradise lost.

This program is part of a series of discussions of books that incorporate golems as part of this year’s One Bay One Book program.