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IN-PERSON | Harvard Author Series – S.W. Leicher

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In Store Book Discussion and Signing.

Free and open to the public. Registration requested, please.

Bringing the community and authors together ……connectivity and discovery, in real life!

“In her debut novel, Leicher presents a sweeping tale of faith and family that explores the abiding love between two independent women. . . Readers will find joy in the passion and depth of their commitment.”.~ SUSAN GREGG GILMORE, AUTHOR OF LOOKING FOR SALVATION AT THE DAIRY QUEENActs of Atonement

by S. W. Leicher

S.W. Leicher grew up in the Bronx in a bi-cultural (Latina and Jewish) home. She moved to Manhattan after graduate school and raised her family on the Upper West Side, where she still lives with her husband and two black cats. When not dreaming up fiction, she writes about social justice issues for nonprofit organizations.

About the book:

When S.W. Leicher first set out to write fiction, she had no intention of producing something topical. Or even to produce what one friend called “a much-needed, eye-opening, and affectionate introduction to three ‘outsider cultures’—Jewish, Latina, and gay—that are so often misjudged in this country.” Yet, given her deep ties to all three groups—and the alarming surge in bigotry and violence that those groups were experiencing as she wrote—her work could not help but be timely, while also offering an engaging and deeply affecting story of love, family, and faith.

In ACTS OF ATONEMENT, author S.W. Leicher focuses on Serach Gottesman and Paloma Rodriguez, who share a home in Brooklyn and have built a life together. In exchange, each woman made the decision to renounce her past and sever ties with certain family members.

An accountant with a brilliant mind, Serach happily escaped her rigidly observant Orthodox family in Boro Park and has made peace with being estranged from her widowed mother and younger sisters. What pains her is being shunned by Shmuely, the brother she adored, who recently moved to Jerusalem to start a family and become established as a yeshiva teacher.

A gifted nurse with a generous heart, Paloma was determined to leave her childhood in the South Bronx—and her self-absorbed Colombian immigrant mother—behind. However, despite their differences, she works to maintain a relationship with her only sibling, her older brother Manny, and his three sons—especially Ramon, who is “different,” developmentally and emotionally, and fiercely protective of his tias.

As the novel progresses, the couple’s relationship is tested—by a speech, a death, and an act of violence. Ultimately, Serach and Paloma find strength and healing with the help of old friends and unexpected allies, religious rituals and beliefs, and their unshakable devotion to one another.

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Jun 28 2022


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Coop @ Harvard Square


The Coop @ Harvard Square
1400 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA


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