August 22 at 4 PM --The Family Markowitz, Allegra Goodman. This novel is based on short stories originally published in the New Yorker Magazine. Centered on a middle-class American Jewish family, The Family Markowitz touches on themes ranging from religiosity to ageing and homosexuality to intermarriage. The novel tells the story of four main characters: Rose Markowitz (the matriarch), her sons Ed and Henry, and her daughter-in-law, Sarah. Through these characters, the reader meets many other members of the family including Ed's four children, Henry's wife, and Rose's stepdaughter. Ed Cowan will be leading the discussion.