A Town of Empty Rooms by Karen E. Bender
Author Karen Bender weaves a number of provocative themes into this emotional and timely story set in a small community in North Carolina.
Dan and Serena, newly relocated from New York City to a small southern town, face a daunting transition. Moving from the city in shame, with a lot of literal and figurative baggage, two small children, and one new job, they must find their way as Jews, whether intended or not, in a traditional southern Christian community.
Within a short time both Dan and Serena begin to identify comfort zones. Dan befriends their next door neighbor, the Boy Scout leader of generations of scouting families. Dan is immediately stirred with romantic memories of scouting and is happy to belong, get involved, and bring his young son into this world.