Weisman artistically paints a poignant portrait of Al Jaffee’s unusual life story. She has been friends with Jaffee for over thirty years. “A synopsis of Jaffee’s formative years reads like a comic strip of traumatic cliff‐hangers with cartoons by Jaffee and captions by Freud.”, per Weisman. Al was separated from his father, abandoned and abused by his mother, uprooted from his home in Savannah, Georgia, reared for six years in a Lithuanian shtetl, rescued by his father and returned to American, taken yet again by his mother back to the shtetl, and once again rescued by his father, even as Hitler was on the march—all by the time he was twelve years old. Life was difficult for Jaffee when he was finally returned to America, but his artistic ability saved him. Jaffee illustrated this book and 69 of the original illustrations will be shown to the audience. Register online at www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160. (suballa)
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