Strangers and Cousins
by Leah Hager Cohen
Join us on Tuesday, July 30th at 7:00 p.m. as Leah Hager Cohen reads from her book Strangers and Cousins followed by a conversation and discussion with Ellie Siegel.
“Strangers and Cousins floats on the waters of a society in flux, an America still trying to figure out who we really are. Cohen’s ability to acknowledge the agony of that strife in the context of a modern, loving family makes this one of the most hopeful and insightful novels I’ve read in years.”–Ron Charles, The Washington Post -- Full Review
In the seemingly idyllic town of Rundle Junction, Bennie and Walter are preparing to host the wedding of their eldest daughter Clem. A marriage ceremony at their beloved, rambling home should be the happiest of occasions, but Walter and Bennie have a secret. A new community has moved to Rundle Junction, threatening the social order and forcing Bennie and Walter to confront uncomfortable truths about the lengths they would go to to maintain harmony.
This is a novel that unsettles the convention of the family wedding, using it as an occasion to explore tribalism, community, collective memory and change. Told with warmth, humor and a polyphonic carousel of voices.
Leah Hager Cohen is the author of five works of nonfiction, including Train Go Sorry, and six novels, including The Grief of Others, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She is the Barrett Professor of Creative Writing at the College of the Holy Cross.