26 2023

Jewish Toledo Book Festival: The Marriage Box: A Novel

7:00PM - 9:00PM  

The Marriage Box: A Novel

by Corie Adjmi

Thursday, October 26

7 p.m.


$10 – includes author presentation, heavy appetizers

$25 – includes author presentation, heavy appetizers, and book


Casey Cohen, a Middle Eastern Jew, is a sixteen-year-old in New Orleans in the 1970s when she starts hanging out with the wrong crowd. Then she gets in trouble and her parents turn her whole world upside down by deciding to return to their roots, the Orthodox Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn. In this new and foreign world, families gather weekly for Shabbat dinner, parties are extravagant events at the Museum of Natural History, and the Marriage Box is a real place, a pool deck designated for teenage girls to put themselves on display for potential husbands. Casey is at first shocked by this unfamiliar culture, but after she meets Michael, she’s enticed by it.

Corie Adjmi grew up in New Orleans and started writing in her thirties. When she is not writing, Corie does volunteer work, cooks, bikes, and hikes. She and her husband have five children and several grandchildren, with more on the way. She lives and works in New York City.