The Lake on Fire

Rosellen Brown, Author

Sunday, February 24, 2019 — 9:15am
CJCS/Oakland Mills HS, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia

The Lake on Fire is an epic narrative that begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm. Lured by the potential for new life, Chaya and her brilliant younger brother Asher flee to industrialized Chicago. Surrounded by the superficial extravagance of the Columbian Exposition, the pair depends on factory work and pickpocketing to scrape by. The Lake on Fire is a keen examination of social class, family, love, and revolution in a historical time marked by a tumultuous social landscape. 

Rosellen Brown (mother-in-law of Cantor Ben Kintisch) is the author of the novels Civil Wars, Half a Heart, Tender Mercies, Before and After, and six other books. Her stories have appeared frequently in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories and Best Short Stories of the Century. She now teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Mr. Obama’s former neighborhood, overlooking Lake Michigan.  

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Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 09:15
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