Susan Weissbach Friedman at Harvard Book Store


Klara's Truth: A Novel

in conversation with KRISTINA HALS


June 12, 2024
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes SUSAN WEISSBACH FRIEDMAN—psychotherapist with a specialty in women’s issues, family therapy, and trauma-focused therapy—for a discussion of her debut novel Klara's Truth. She is joined in conversation by KRISTINA HALS—Associate Co-op Coordinator at Northeastern University.

About Klara's Truth

It is May 2014, and Dr. Klara Lieberman—forty-nine, single, professor of archaeology at a small liberal arts college in Maine, a contained person living a contained life—has just received a letter from her estranged mother, Bessie, that will dramatically change her life. Her father, she learns—the man who has been absent from her life for the last forty-three years, and about whom she has long been desperate for information—is dead. Has been for many years, in fact, which Bessie clearly knew. But now the Polish government is giving financial reparations for land it stole from its Jewish citizens during WWII, and Bessie wants the money. Klara has little interest in the money—but she does want answers about her father. She flies to Warsaw, determined to learn more.

In Poland, Klara begins to piece together her father’s, and her own, story. She also connects with extended family, begins a romantic relationship, and discovers her calling: repairing the hundreds of forgotten, and mostly destroyed, pre-War Jewish cemeteries in Poland. Along the way, she becomes a more integrated, embodied, and interpersonally connected individual—one with the tools to make peace with her past and, for the first time in her life, build purposefully toward a bigger future.

Praise for Klara's Truth

“In her beautifully written and riveting debut novel, Friedman propelled me on a journey to post–WWII Poland where the ghosts of a once vibrant Jewish community haunted me. With great sensitivity, Friedman uses her experience as a social worker and therapist to show how a rejecting mother and hidden childhood sexual trauma froze Klara’s heart and left her fearful of close relationships. I rejoiced as Klara gradually finds purpose and love in this engrossing family saga that I could not put down.” —Florence Reiss Kraut, author of Street Corner Dreams and How to Make a Life

Klara’s Truth is an ambitious and heartfelt novel about the ways in which our adult lives are shaped by the secrets of our past. From Maine to New York to modern-day Warsaw, Susan Weissbach brings readers on a journey of self-discovery, newfound family, and acceptance.” —Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of The Matchmaker’s Gift, The Wartime Sisters, and The Two-Family House

“Susan Weissbach Friedman has written a compelling story of family and heritage and self-discovery, of family ties and friendship and second chances, and has added a side of possible romance. She also gives us another perspective on how the sharp fingernails of war reach through generations and prick the skin decades after the guns stop firing. A great read!” —Ellen Barker, author of East of Troost and Still Needs Work

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Kristina Hals
Kristina Hals

Kristina Hals

Kristina Hals has been a member of the Northeastern co-op community since 2019. She joined Northeastern after a career pivot from two decades in the public health community planning sector including engineering the homelessness response system nationwide, advising on HIV/AIDS continuum of care for vulnerable populations, and mentoring graduate students from Boston based higher education to learn and contribute in an experiential learning context to these public sectors. At Northeastern, Kristina supports diverse students and specializes in engaging employers in the community-based public health and healthcare administration sectors. Kristina has a Bachelor’s Degree from Hamilton College and a graduate degree in Community Development from Cornell University.

Susan Weissbach Friedman
Susan Weissbach Friedman

Susan Weissbach Friedman

Susan Weissbach Friedman is a psychotherapist with a specialty in women’s issues, family therapy, and trauma-focused therapy. A graduate of Hamilton College, Boston University’s MSW/MPH program, and the Ackerman Institute for Couples and Families, she has also completed EMDR and Somatic Experiencing (SE) training in trauma therapy techniques and has been a practicing clinician for more than twenty-five years. Originally from Long Island, she now lives in Westchester County, New York, where she enjoys practicing yoga and mindfulness, going for walks in nature, listening to music, and spending time near the ocean. Susan has been married to her husband for thirty years and has two daughters in their twenties. Klara’s Truth is her first novel.

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