Aquarian Minyan Author Series

Monday, August 6, 7:00-9:30 pm, Author Paula Friedman reads from The Change Chronicles: A Novel of the Sixties Antiwar Movement at an Aquarian Minyan Author Night

St. John's Church in the Fireside Room • 2727 College Ave, Berkeleu
Light refreshments will be served at 7, program at 7:30
$20-$10 donation to The Aquarian Minyan requested. No one turned away for lack of funds.
For more information, please contact Shoshana 510 914 1291

 Amid the budding antiwar and feminist movements at Berkeley in the late Sixties, a brave young woman flees an abusive relationship to search for new, more generous ways to live and love. Full of self-doubts, Nora has a brief affair with a flamboyant activist and is left pregnant and alone.

She flings herself into the nonviolent vigil and demonstrations at the gates of Port Chicago, California, the West Coast shipping point for weapons to the Vietnam War. There, she discovers the depth of the demonstrators' mutual caring and quietly learns to love Ted, a vigil leader.

During a soul-searching struggle, she tries-in those years of the "baby-scoop era"-to combat the social stigma that says "a child needs a home with two parents." Through her pain, Nora goes on, balancing sorrows and hope as she continues the struggle for a better world.

Paula Friedman's first novel, The Rescuer's Path, was called "exciting, physically vivid, and romantic" by Ursula K. Le Guin, "humane and wise" by Cheryl Strayed, and "lyrically written" by Small Press Review. Friedman's short fiction and poems have received Pushcart nominations, as well as awards and honors from New Millenium Writing, OSPA, Indigo Press, Science Fiction Microstories Contest, and Soapstone and Centrum Residencies. Her works have appeared in New Flash Fiction Review, Viet Nam Generation, Earth's Daughters, Out of Line, Work, and over 50 other journals and anthologies.

"This is a book to share and discuss - a triumph." -Wesley Hogan, Director, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

"Friedman tells the story of the betrayal of a woman-and a generation-with the raw intensity, vivid sense of place, and credibility of somebody who was there." -Maya Khankhoje, Contributing Editor, Montreal Serai; Author, A Panther in Your Dreams

"Your book meant so much to me...truly captured the essence of those difficult years between 1965 and 1969." -Sandy Musser, adoption reform activist who served a federal prison sentence rather than give up her work to reunite adoptees and birth parents; author of I Would Have Searched Forever and To Prison with Love

"Beautifully crafted personal and political coming-of-age novel. Haunting." -Mei-Mei Ellerman, Ph.D., Resident Scholar, Brandeis Women's Research Center