Deb Levy, a Montclair writer and mother, will discuss her new book Bury The Hot at Bnai Keshet, in conjunction with Watchung Booksellers, on Tuesday, May 21.
Levy grew up in Miami celebrating holidays with Sal Wainberg and his family. She trick-or-treated with his daughter. Sal and his wife attended her wedding. Yet Deb knew nothing about Sal’s past until he called out of the blue and asked her to write his story. “But I don’t want some Hollywood tale,” Sal told her. “I want the truth.”
There was a reason she didn’t know. Sal hadn’t even told his wife the details of his childhood. Bury The Hot is Sal’s story told to Levy and it explores both a traumatized childhood of the Holocaust, and how the repression of it impacts a marriage.
The writing of Sal’s story made a deep, lasting impression on Levy. In her essay Raising Survivors on Barista Kids, Levy explains, “As I delved deeper into the horror of Szulim’s experience, I felt confused about my boys’ good life. What kind of survival instincts could they develop in suburban New Jersey? And what kind of a mother was I, meeting their every need and thus diminishing their ability to remain alive if, God forbid, the world turned upside down?”
Deb Levy Book Discussion: Bury The Hot
Tuesday, May 21 from 7:30 pm – 9 pm
Bnai Keshet, 99 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042