Lauren Grodstein - We Must Not Think of Ourselves

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Grodstein will appear for an in depth discussion and signing event for her latest book We Must Not Think of Ourselves, a heart-wrenching novel of love and defiance. 

Inspired by Oneg Shabbat, the secret testimony-gathering project carried out by Polish Jews during World War II, Grodstein’s captivating narrative imagines the story of one of the testament-seekers, recording his story and others’, as he navigates the dark days when none of the inhabitants knew of what their fate would be. 

Lauren Grodstein will sit down with author of The Italian Prisoner , Elisa M. Speranza to discuss her research and work. Afterward, Grodstein will be available to chat with guests and personalize copies of We Must Not Think of Ourselves. 

Entry to the event is free and open to the public but the shop encourages interested parties to RSVP to ensure entry and reserve a copy of the book as space is limited. Additional copies will be available to purchase. 

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Adam, a prisoner in the Warsaw Ghetto, is approached by a mysterious figure with a surprising request: Will he join a secret group of archivists working to preserve the truth of what is happening inside these walls? Adam agrees and begins taking testimonies from his students, friends, and neighbors. One of the people he interviews is his flatmate Sala, who is stoic, determined, and funny--and married with two children. Over the months of their confinement, in the presence of her family, Adam and Sala fall in love. As they desperately carve out intimacy, their relationship feels both impossible and vital, their connection keeping them alive. But when Adam discovers a possible escape from the Ghetto, he is faced with an unbearable choice: Whom can he save, and at what cost? This novel was inspired by the testimony-gathering project with the code name Oneg Shabbat.

Event date: 

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

The Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70130
We Must Not Think of Ourselves: A Novel By Lauren Grodstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643752341
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - November 28th, 2023