Book Discussion: The Bones of the World


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Book Discussion With the Author
Thursday, June 29 | 7:00 PM
Social Hall

Join author Betsy Ross for a discussion of her novel, The Bones of the World.

Books are available at the front desk for $18.99.

Book Description
The Bones of the World is unquestionably a timely novel. Its story follows the path of antisemitism through the ages and into a dystopian future, that, meant to be speculative, is becoming all-too-real.

The novel begins in the United States in a near future in which antisemitism is reaching a fever peak, with Jews disappearing without explanation. The protagonist, Rachel, is forced into hiding in an old mansion next to a cemetery where Jewish children murdered by the Righteous wait for their stories to be told. Rachel, unbeknownst to her, will be the Teller. But first she must be prepared.

That preparation takes her through the centuries to the persecution of the Jews in 17th century South America and 1940s Poland, as she confronts the horrors of suffering and probes its deepest folds.

The Bones of the World
is a story of hatred and division, of devouring certainties, and of antisemitism’s cancerous cells, always lurking. But it’s also a story of magic, healing, connection, and understanding. And, ultimately, it’s an ode to Jewish storytellers throughout history.

The Bones was written to promote discussion: about antisemitism’s recurrence throughout history, about the ways in which we have reacted to persecution in the past and what we may have learned, about the call of justice and the allure of vengeance, about how we can trust a God who allows such suffering in this world, and about why we must tell these stories that are so hard to hear.

Betsy L Ross

About Betsy Ross
Ross is a writer, filmmaker, and “happily retired attorney.” She’s published nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and wrote the documentary Looking for David, about the death of her son from an opioid overdose, which is currently available on Amazon Prime. She now lives in Boise, but The Bones of the World was conceived and written in her longtime home in Salt Lake City. She also was in Fredericksburg, Texas for a short time before she and her partner found their retirement home here. Born and raised in New Orleans, she studied literature and philosophy at the University of Texas, comparative literature at Indiana University, and creative writing at the Sewanee School of Letters.