Meet the Author: Jay Greenfield

14 Sep 2016

Jay Greenfield, author of Max’s Diamonds, was our featured speaker on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

A stunning, sweeping and critically acclaimed debut novel, about a man forced to confront his moral culpability, the legacy of impossible loss, and the claims of his Jewish identity.

Paul Hartman, coming of age in postwar Rockaway, grows up haunted by the specter of his cousin Max, an Auschwitz survivor, and his mysterious cache of diamonds, which fund Paul’s Harvard Law education and even sparkle in his fiancée’s engagement ring. When a stranger from his past confronts him with an impossible demand, one that could destroy his law career, his marriage and his sense of self, Paul must make choices that will change his fate forever.

About the Author

Jay Greenfield was raised in Rockaway, New York. For several decades, he was a trial lawyer with a New York-based international law firm, where he argued in the Supreme Court of the United Sates, represented civil rights activists in Louisiana during 1964’s Freedom Summer, and was senior counsel in several cases establishing that, under New York law, the homeless have a right to shelter. He retired early to devote himself to writing fiction. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Judy; they have three adult children and three grandchildren. Max’s Diamonds is his debut novel.

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this event with the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County. Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.


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