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Rachel Barenbaum (3:00) She is a graduate of the MBA program at Harvard University and the undergraduate Literature and Philosophy program of Harvard College. Her first novel, A Bend in the Stars, has drawn extensive critical acclaim for is reconstruction of young Russian Jewish women and men struggling to preserve the future of scientific discovery during the First World War.
Julie Orringer (4:00) Her recent historical novel, The Flight Portfolio (2019), is based on the true story of Varian Frye’s extraordinary efforts to save the lives and works of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust in France. She has published a collection of short stories under the title How to Breathe Underwater (2003) and The Invisible Bridge (2010), another historical novel, that follows a Hungarian Jewish artist who travels to Paris on the eve of World War II.