TJC Book Club: The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

The Book Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, in the Beit Midrash to discuss Hannah Rothschild's The Improbability of Love

Annie McDee, thirty-one, lives in a shabby London flat, works as a chef, and is struggling to get by. Reeling from a sudden breakup, she’s taken on an unsuitable new lover and finds herself rummaging through a secondhand shop to buy him a birthday gift. A dusty, anonymous old painting catches her eye. After spending her meager savings on the artwork, Annie prepares an exquisite birthday dinner for two—only to be stood up. 

The painting becomes hers, and Annie begins to suspect that it may be more valuable than she’d thought. Soon she finds herself pursued by parties who would do anything to possess her picture: an exiled Russian oligarch, an avaricious sheikha, an unscrupulous art dealer. In her search for the painting’s identity, Annie will unwittingly discover some of the darkest secrets of European history—and the possibility of falling in love again. 

TJC's Book Club reads and discusses books of Jewish interest. The group meets usually on the third Tuesday of the month. All are invited to participate. Our discussions are lively and engaging, even for those who didn’t like or haven’t finished the book. A list of our previous selections, reflecting the types of books we read, is available on The Jewish Center’s website under Participate with Us/Our Committees/Book Club.
Multiple copies of our selections are available at the Princeton Public Library on the Book Club tables. The books can also be ordered through the TJC website at, where clicking on the Amazon link will earn a commission for TJC.