Thursday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Join us in the Beth Ahm sukkah for snacks and conversation about Matti Friedman’s Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War.
It was one hilltop in a small, unnamed war in the 1990s, but it would send out ripples still felt worldwide today. The hill, in Lebanon, was called the Pumpkin; flowers was the military code word for ‘casualties.’ Award-winning writer Matti Friedman re-creates the harrowing
experience of a band of young Israeli soldiers–the author among them–charged with holding this remote outpost, a task that changed them forever and foreshadowed the unwinnable conflicts the United States would soon confront in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Part memoir, part repor age, part military history, this powerful narrative captures the birth of today’s chaotic Middle East and the rise of a twenty-first-century type of war.
No cost to attend, but advance registration to Sharon Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org is appreciated. In the event of rain, book club will meet inside.