This virtual discussion of this year’s One Bay One Book selection is open to all. Go to to register and receive the Zoom link.

Surie Eckstein, a grandmother at fifty-seven, is stunned to learn that she is pregnant with twins. Feeling ashamed, she is unable to share the news even with her husband, Yidel, a respected ritual scribe who is ready to retire. As she nurses her secret and starts working clandestinely in a maternity clinic, spending time outside her domestic role for the first time, Surie’s understanding of her life begins to alter.

Surie and Yidel are also haunted by the memory of how they failed to support their son Lipa, who was rejected by his family and community for being gay.

In this intimate novel of a woman at a crossroads, Goldbloom deftly portrays the relationship of individuals to a close-knit community, the impact of secrets and lies, and the persistence of our past experiences in shaping our lives.

Discussion facilitated by Jim Van Buskirk.