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Jewish Book Month: ‘Coco at the Ritz’ author Gioia Diliberto

November 2, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


One morn­ing in late August 1944, as World War II draws to a close, Coco Chanel is arrest­ed in her suite at the Ritz Hotel in Paris on charges of trea­son to France, stem­ming from her romance with a Nazi spy.

Her two-hour inter­ro­ga­tion at the Pre­fec­ture of Police offers a grip­ping bat­tle of wits between the famous­ly acer­bic design­er and a hos­tile sol­dier of the Resis­tance. Flash­back scenes of Chanel’s life dur­ing the Paris Occu­pa­tion explore her moti­va­tions and her betray­al of her Jew­ish part­ners and a close Jew­ish friend.

Though Chanel epit­o­mizes the treach­ery of France dur­ing World War II, at heart, author Gioia Diliberto’s nov­el is about the choic­es one woman made when the stakes were the high­est and the per­ilous, even dead­ly, consequences to those around her.

In today’s world, a time when anti­semitism and general hatred seem to be explod­ing anew, “Coco at the Ritz” presents a cau­tion­ary tale about the neces­si­ty of stand­ing against evil when it stares you, even seduc­tive­ly, right in the face.

Includes book signing and reception.

Gioia Diliberto will be interviewed by Izzi Abrams, past president of JCCNS, librarian, and book group moderator.


November 2, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Boston Yacht Club
1 Front Street
Marblehead, MA 01945 United States
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