Author Jai Chakrabarti to join Chronicle Book Club, March 5
BooksWinner of National Jewish Book Award, Debut Fiction

Author Jai Chakrabarti to join Chronicle Book Club, March 5

"A Play for the End of the World"

The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle invites you to join the Chronicle Book Club for its March 5 discussion of “A Play for the End of the World,” by Jai Chakrabarti. The novel was winner of the National Jewish Book Award’s Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction and longlisted for the 2022 PEN/Faulkner Award. The author will join us for the meeting.

From “New York City, 1972. Jaryk Smith, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, and Lucy Gardner, a southerner, newly arrived in the city, are in the first bloom of love when they receive word that Jaryk’s oldest friend has died under mysterious circumstances in a rural village in eastern India.

“Travelling there alone to collect his friend’s ashes, Jaryk soon finds himself enmeshed in the chaos of local politics and efforts to stage a play in protest against the government — the same play that he performed as a child in Warsaw as an act of resistance against the Nazis. Torn between the survivor’s guilt he has carried for decades and his feelings for Lucy (who, unbeknownst to him, is pregnant with his child), Jaryk must decide how to honor both the past and the present, and how to accept a happiness he is not sure he deserves.”

Your hosts:
Toby Tabachnick, editor of the Chronicle
David Rullo, Chronicle staff writer

How and when:
We will meet on Zoom on Sunday, March 5, at noon.

What to do
Buy: “A Play for the End of the World.” It is available at area Barnes & Noble stores and from online retailers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Several copies are available through the Carnegie Library system.

Email: Contact us at, and write “Chronicle Book Club” in the subject line. We will send you a Zoom link for the discussion meeting.

Happy reading! PJC

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