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Author Talk: Boris Fishman: “Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table”

Thursday, October 24, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Author Boris Fishman speaks about his new book “Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table,” a personal story and family memoir told through meals and recipes. The book follows Fishman’s Jewish family from 1945 Belarus to 2017 Brooklyn. Fishman is a lecturer in creative writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.

Fishman is a lecturer in creative writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. He is also the author of “A Replacement Life” and “Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo,” both New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He has won the Sophie Brody Medal from the American Library Association and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. His journalism, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, The Guardian, Travel & Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, The London Review of Books, The New Republic, and other publications.

 

Part of the Fall Storytelling series.

 

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Date:
Thursday, October 24
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Community Room – First Floor
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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609-924-9529

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Summary
Author Boris Fishman speaks about his new book "Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table," a personal story and family memoir told through meals and recipes. The book follows Fishman's Jewish family from 1945 Belarus to 2017 Brooklyn. Fishman is a lecturer in creative writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Part of the Fall Storytelling series.
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From the author's website: A revealing personal story and family memoir told through meals and recipes, the book begins with Boris’s childhood in Soviet Belarus, where good food was often worth more than money. He describes the unlikely dish that brought his parents together and how years of Holocaust hunger left his grandmother so obsessed with bread that she always kept five loaves on hand. She was the stove magician and Boris’ grandfather the master black marketer who supplied her, evading at least one firing squad on the way. These spoils kept Boris’ family — Jews who lived under threat of discrimination and violence — provided-for and protected.Despite its abundance, food becomes even more important in America, which Boris’ family reaches after an emigration through Vienna and Rome filled with marvel, despair, and bratwurst. How to remain connected to one’s roots while shedding their trauma? The ambrosial cooking of Oksana, Boris’s grandfather’s Ukrainian home aide, begins to show him the way. His quest takes him to a farm in the Hudson River Valley, the kitchen of a Russian restaurant on the Lower East Side, a Native American reservation in South Dakota, and back to Oksana’s kitchen in Brooklyn. His relationships with women — troubled, he realizes, for reasons that go back many generations — unfold concurrently, finally bringing him, after many misadventures, to an American soulmate."Savage Feast" is Boris’ tribute to food, that secret passage to an intimate conversation about identity, belonging, family, displacement, and love.
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