Hillel's Jewish Writers Series Presents:
Bonnie Brennen, author of Contradictions
Live from Prairie Lights
Friday, March 7, 2014, 7:30 pm
Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St.
The prologue for the powerful novel, Contradictions, begins on November 9, 1938 in Berlin, Germany, on the afternoon before Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. The story flashes forward to 1980, when Rachel, a young Jewish woman at the beginning of her academic career and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. As Rachel's personal relationship with her German-born academic mentor grows, she begins to come to terms with her religious and cultural past. The recounting of a brutal rape serves as a metaphorical relationship to the Holocaust and its continued impact on Jewish life.
Author Bonnie Brennen is currently the Nieman Professor of Journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee. She earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication at the University of Iowa