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Mary Morris: Gateway to the MoonSeptember 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

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September 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm


September 6, 2019
1:00 pm
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Katy Strulson


JCC MetroWest
760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052 United States
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Mary Morris: Gateway to the Moon

Mary Mor­ris is the author of eight nov­els, includ­ing most recent­ly, Gate­way to the Moon (Nan A. Talese/​Doubleday, 2018), three col­lec­tions of short sto­ries and four trav­el mem­oirs includ­ing the trav­el clas­sic Noth­ing to Declare: Mem­oirs of a Woman Trav­el­ing Alone. Her numer­ous short sto­ries, arti­cles, and trav­el essays, have appeared in such places as The Atlantic, Nar­ra­tive, and The Paris Review. Mor­ris is the recip­i­ent of the George W. Perkins Fel­low­ship from Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty and the Rome Prize in Lit­er­a­ture. In 2016, The Jazz Palace was award­ed the Anis­field-Wolf Award for fic­tion. Mor­ris teach­es at Sarah Lawrence College.

With more and more ease, peo­ple today are dis­cov­er­ing their Jew­ish roots — some find­ing they are the descen­dants of con­ver­sos, Jews who con­vert­ed dur­ing the Inqui­si­tion. Mary Mor­ris touch­es on this phe­nom­e­non in the his­tor­i­cal note at the begin­ning of her nov­el, Gate­way to the Moon. The chap­ters in the book alter­nate between 15th- and 16th-cen­tu­ry Spain and Por­tu­gal dur­ing the har­row­ing time of the Inqui­si­tion, and a town in New Mex­i­co in the late 20th cen­tu­ry. The char­ac­ters in New Mex­i­co have retained ves­tiges of their Jew­ish past, although they are unaware of their own his­to­ry at the out­set of the novel.

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