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Resurrecting Rain with Author Patricia Averbach
January 11 | 7:00 pmFree
In Conversation with Playwright Les Hunter
Deena’s house is being auctioned off at a sheriff’s sale and her marriage is falling apart. As her carefully constructed life unravels her thoughts return to the New Moon Commune where she was born and to Rain, the lesbian mother she abandoned at fourteen. No one, not even her husband and children, know about New Moon or that she sat Shiva for Rain in exchange for her grandmother’s conventional house in the suburbs. A continuing cascade of disasters eventually leaves this middle-aged librarian homeless on the streets of Sarasota. Out of desperation she accepts a job with an octogenarian TV writer who believes crows are the reincarnated souls of Jews lost in the holocaust. Then, when her daughter shows up trailing trouble, she finds herself in a car full of desperate women racing toward New Moon, the place she spent her whole life trying to escape. Sometimes you have to lose a house before you find your home.
Patricia Averbach, is the former director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center in Chautauqua, New York. Resurrecting Rain is Averbach’s second novel, released by Golden Antelope Press. Her first novel, Painting Bridges, was described in a Cleveland Plain Dealer review as “introspective, intelligent and moving.” Her poetry chapbook, Missing Persons, received the London based Lumen/Camden award in 2013 and was selected by the Times of London Literary Supplement (Nov. 2014) as one of the best short collections of the year.
Les Hunter is an award-winning playwright and theatre historian.
This event is part of the Cultural Arts Celebration sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo and Moment Magazine.