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Book Review: "The Song of the Jade Lily"

Thursday, September 10, 2020 21 Elul 5780

7:00 PM - 8:00 PMonline

Emanu El's Sisterhood hosts bi-monthly book reviews throughout the year. These book reviews are open to the public.

September's book review will be led by our congregant, Marilyn Nathan.

Please note: This book review will be held by Zoom and the information to access will be emailed ahead of time to those who register.

In our September book, “The Song of the Jade Lily” by Kirsty Manning, we go to 1939 as two young girls meet in Shanghai: Li Ho, a beautiful, talented Chinese national, and Romy, a Jewish refugee whose family fled Vienna during the Nazi occupation. Li and Romy form a heartfelt friendship that does not survive circumstances arising from the brutal Japanese takeover of Shanghai. Romy ultimately immigrates to Australia, where she marries Wilhelm and adopts a daughter. Fast forward to 2016, when Romy’s granddaughter, Alexandra, leaves her job and her lover in London, flies to Australia to be with her grandparents, Romy and Wilhelm, and painstakingly unravels her grandmother’s wartime history and her mother’s ancestry. Ultimately, Alexandra finds that circumstances wrought by war lead to outcomes as complicated and poignant as the mysterious song of the jade lily.

To help us plan for our book reviews and to receive communications about future book reviews, we ask that you kindly RSVP by Wednesday, September 9, either online or by contacting the Sisterhood at or 713.529.5771, ext. 233.


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