Leah Cohen and Elizabeth Graver discuss To & Fro

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 7:00pm

Please join us for Leah Cohen and Elizabeth Graver's discussion of To & Fro

Wednesday, May 29th at 7 PM

A tale of two girls--one living in a parable, the other in Manhattan

Ani, journeying across a great distance accompanied by a stolen kitten, meets many people along her way, but her encounters only convince her that she is meant to keep searching. Annamae, journeying from childhood to young adulthood alongside her mother, older brother, and the denizens of her Manhattan neighborhood, never outgrows her yearning for a friend she cannot describe. From their different worlds, Ani and Annamae reach across the divide, perhaps to discover--or perhaps to create--each other.

Told in two mirrored narratives that culminate in a new beginning, To & Fro unleashes the wonders and mysteries of childhood in a profound exploration of identity, spirituality, and community.


Leah Hager Cohen is the author of seven novels, including To & Fro, and five works of nonfiction, including Train Go Sorry. Among other honors, her books have been longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, named a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and selected as best books of the year by the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Globe and Mail, Christian Science Monitor, and Kirkus Reviews. Her latest novel, Kantika, has been described as "A dazzling Sephardic multigenerational saga that moves from Istanbul to Barcelona, Havana, and New York, exploring displacement, endurance, and family as home." Cohen is the Barrett Professor of Creative Writing at the College of the Holy Cross. She lives in Belmont, Massachusetts. 


Elizabeth Graver’s fourth novel, The End of the Point, was long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award and selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her other novels are AwakeThe Honey Thief, and Unravelling. Her story collection, Have You Seen Me?, won the 1991 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Short StoriesBest American Essays, and Prize Stories, the O. Henry Awards. She teaches at Boston College.

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79 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478
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To & Fro By Leah Hager Cohen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781954276253
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bellevue Literary Press - May 21st, 2024

A tale of two girls--one living in a parable, the other in Manhattan

Age Group(s): 
Adult (19 - Boomer)