A Place of Exo­dus: Home, Mem­o­ry, and Texas

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September 1, 2019

Acclaimed writer David Biespiel tells the sto­ry of the rise and fall of a Jew­ish boy­hood in Texas, and his search for the answer to his life’s cen­tral rid­dle: Are we ever done leav­ing home? Grow­ing up in a fam­i­ly devot­ed to Jew­ish iden­ti­ty, Biespiel comes under the tute­lage of the head rab­bi of the largest con­ser­v­a­tive con­gre­ga­tion in North Amer­i­ca. After the rab­bi kicks him out of the syn­a­gogue dur­ing a pub­lic quar­rel, Biespiel leaves Texas and his reli­gious upbring­ing behind. After a near forty-year exile from Texas, he returns for a day to see home — and him­self — in a way that changes his rela­tion­ship to the world around him. Biespiel draws on a life­time of writ­ing to cre­ate this mem­oir, an essen­tial com­pan­ion for any­one who has jour­neyed far from home.

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