Book Club

Dear Fellow Readers:

Here is a question to think about – Is finding true love, whether for yourself or others, a calling or
a curse?

This charming novel, set in two separate time periods, examines this question. Additionally, we get to see what it was like for Jewish immigrants as well as more established Jewish families in the early 1900s
in America.

Sara Glickman’s family emigrates from eastern Europe to America at the turn of the last century. Even as a child in 1910, Sara Glikman recognizes that she has a gift: she is a maker of matches and a seeker of soulmates. She can see the connection between two people who are meant to be together. Conversely, she can see a bad match. But among the pushcart-crowded streets of New York’s Lower East Side, Sara’s gift and hoped for career as a shadchante (a female shadchan) threatens the male-dominated shadchan community. These men see a talented female matchmaker as a dangerous threat to their traditions and livelihood. After making matches in secret for more than a decade, Sara must fight to take her rightful place among her peers, and to demand the recognition she deserves.

Two generations later, Sara’s granddaughter, Abby, is a successful Manhattan divorce attorney,
representing the city’s wealthiest clients. When her beloved Grandma Sara dies, Abby inherits her collection of handwritten journals recording the details of Sara’s matches. Why does the work Abby once found so compelling suddenly feel inconsequential and flawed? Is Abby willing to sacrifice the career she’s worked so hard for in order to keep her grandmother’s mysterious promise to a stranger? And is there really such a thing as love at first sight?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I hope you will too.