In this episode...
Karen sits down with author Corie Adjmi for a fascinating look at the Syrian Jewish community. Corie’s new novel, The Marriage Box, draws on her own experiences moving from a Reform upbringing in New Orleans to a traditional Orthodox Syrian life in Brooklyn as a teenager – and along the way, it shines a spotlight on a close-knit Jewish community that can seem mysterious to outsiders. Corie shares how she got started writing in her 30s after a career in education, why family is at the heart of Judaism, how she’s learned to balance her own desires with her culture’s expectations, and so much more.
You’ll find out:
- What it’s like being part of an incredibly close-knit Jewish community
- Why it’s so important to highlight diverse Jewish voices
- What inspired Corie to start writing
- How the Syrian community is evolving in the 21st century
- Corie’s advice for aspiring writers
- What makes the Syrian Jewish community so special
- Corie’s tips for a quick Friday night dinner
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Corie Adjmi is the author of the short story collection "Life and Other Shortcomings," which won an International Book Award, an IBPA Benjamin Franklin award, and an American Fiction Award. Her first novel, "The Marriage Box," published this month and was named a Must-Read New Book on Katie Couric Media and was included on a Hey Alma list of 23 Jewish Books We're Looking Forward to in 2023. When she is not writing, Corie does volunteer work, cooks, draws, bikes and hikes. She and her husband have five children and a number of grandchildren, with more on the way. She lives and works in New York City.