Virtual Book Club: The Girl from Foreign with Author Sadia Shepard

Date: July 13, 2020Time: 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm Phone: 203-552-1818Email:

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UJA-JCC Greenwich Virtual Jewish Book Club: The Girl from Foreign: A Memoir with Special Guest, Author Sadia Shepard

The Girl from Foreign weaves stories of author Sadia Shepard’s cross-cultural childhood with tales from her two-year journey to India to uncover the disparate influences which have shaped her family.

The child of a Protestant father from Colorado and a Muslim mother from Pakistan, Sadia grew up outside of Boston in a household full of stories and storytellers where cultures intertwined. When Sadia was thirteen, she discovered that her maternal grandmother was not a Muslim like the rest of her Pakistani family. Instead, she had begun her life as a member of a tiny Jewish community in India that believes it is descended from one of the lost tribes of Israel, shipwrecked in India over two thousand years ago.

An evocative account of little-known Indian Jewish traditions and change, The Girl from Foreign unearths family secrets and forces Shepard to examine what it means both to lose and to seek a homeland. 


Sadia Shepard is a writer and documentary filmmaker. Her work has appeared in GuernicaThe Washington PostVogue India and The New York Times. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Stanford University and the Hunter College M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing, Shepard lectures widely about the history of the Bene Israel community in India and growing up in a multi-faith home. She currently teaches at Wesleyan University.


" Elegantly crafted . . . [Shepard's] writing is vivid and her meditations on heritage and grief are moving."
-The New Yorker

" A meditation on how our individual memories inevitably slip away . . . A rich tapestry of theology, art, emotions and forgotten lore."
-The Washington Post