Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that the Hyde Park Book Club will meet this coming Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Hyde Park Historical Society Building at 7:30pm.

Rosellen Brown has agreed to join us on to discuss her new novel, The Lake on Fire.

“The Lake on Fire is an epic narrative that begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm. Dazzled by lore of the American dream, Chaya and her strange, brilliant, young brother Asher stow away to Chicago; what they discover there, however, is a Gilded Age as empty a façade as the beautiful Columbian Exposition luring thousands to Lake Michigan’s shore. The pair scrapes together a meager living Chaya in a cigar factory; Asher, roaming the city and stealing books and jewelry to share with the poor, until they find different paths of escape. An examination of family, love, and revolution, this profound tale resonates eerily with today’s current events and tumultuous social landscape. The Lake on Fire is robust, gleaming, and grimy all at once, proving that celebrated author Rosellen Brown is back with a story as luminous as ever.”

The book is available for sale at the Seminary Coop Bookstore.

A complete review can be found at:


The Hyde Park Book Club meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5520 S. Lake Park Ave. All are welcome!

Michal Safar, Hyde Park Historical Society
Allison Hartman, Chicago Hyde Park Village