Wed, Jan 26|
ZOOM Video Conference
Remote Book Club & Author Chat
Time & Location
Jan 26, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
ZOOM Video Conference
About The Event
The Camaraderie NYC book club is your go-to for uplifting, fun and inspiring reads, thoughtful conversation and kick ass lady friends! We'll join each other online, over a glass of wine or cup of tea, joined by our Book Club pick's very own author.
This month's read is:
Home In A Hundred Places
By Sarah Dayan Mueller
"Inspired by a true story, Home in a Hundred Places portrays dynamic relationships rooted in adventure and loyalty but stained by years of disconnect. Over the course of nearly a century, Raymond’s life is led by deep-seeded familial traditions, unconditional love, and unanswered questions. As Raymond’s life progresses, the onset of Alzheimer’s disease slowly erases his memories. And as he struggles to hold onto a lifetime’s worth of experiences, Raymond is scared that he will one day forget Albert before ever finding him again.
Raymond Blanco never intended on leading a life of many roles, but after more than 90 years of experiences, he has a hard time remembering many of them. Raised in a Sephardic family in Egypt during the height of a growing resistance against Jews, Raymond maneuvers his way through childhood and into young adulthood with the guidance of his older cousin. When the two of them become key members of a Cairo-based Jewish spy ring, they’re thrown into a world of split-second decisions that will ultimately determine the course of their lives. In the midst of life-threatening choices, Raymond loses contact with his cousin, but spends the rest of his life trying to find him again. Unable to stay in Egypt, Raymond finds his way to New York City, where his life is marked with success, international travels, and prosperity. But now the void in his heart marked by his cousin’s disappearance is slowly being etched away by his fading memories. Can Raymond retain the last vestiges of a hidden career and reunite with his cousin Albert?"
A note from Author, Sarah Dayan Mueller:
"One of the clearest memories I have of my dad is of him sitting on our couch with his glasses on, a pencil in hand, reading my latest writings. He printed out every short story I wrote or full manuscript I dreamed up, and sat in the living room until he read the first word to the very last. He was my strongest supporter and greatest encourager in life. But after all these years of fictional storytelling, I knew it was time to tell the greatest story I have ever known.
As a mom, I found 20 minutes a day to write until my novel was finished. Home In A Hundred Places is my new novel, based on the true life events of my dad as he maneuvered and escaped a life of espionage in Egypt and eventually settled in New York, only to have dementia slowly erase a lifetime’s worth of adventures and experiences.
If there is one thing I learned about Alzheimer’s disease through his years long struggle with it, it is how important it is to remember that a persons life is not defined by dementia, but more so by the beautiful life that happened before it. 95% of my dad‘s life did not include angry mood swings or memory loss, but instead was full of exciting journeys around the world and the purest love I have ever known. He passed away before he got the chance to sit on the couch one more time to read this novel or see it published and on the shelves at Barnes and Noble. He read every piece of writing I ever created because he was my biggest fan, and I wrote the story of his beautiful life because I’m his biggest fan too."
Open to all women, everywhere.
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