It makes for very fine reading. San diego Jewish World. Their developing relationship—along with the rekindling of his love of music—precipitates events that will change both their lives. A fast-paced, riveting read . . . Beautifully drawn, the writing keeps you riveted page after fast-turning page. Jeffrey richman, six-time emmy-winning executive producer of Modern Family and Frasier “A moving story about the intersection between love and loss and an unsentimental exploration of the role of faith in healing.
A Narrow Bridge: A Novel #ad - This “stunningly original” debut novel follows a complex man on a journey of salvation after tragedy The Jerusalem Post. He lands up in a predominantly black town in rural Alabama, where he meets Rosie, the single mother of a young son. Shortly after orthodox jewish brooklynite Jacob Fischer puts his young family on a bus to visit relatives, the bus explodes in a horrifying act of terrorism.
The Marrying of Chani KaufmanBlack Cat #ad - Through the story of chani and baruch’s unusual courtship, we meet a very different couple: Rabbi Chaim Zilberman and his wife, Rebbetzin Rivka Zilberman. London, 2008. Rewardingly delightful” Bust. But the happiness chani and baruch feel is outweighed by their anxiety about the realities of married life; about whether they will be able to have fewer children than Chani’s mother, who has eight daughters; and about the frightening, unspeakable secrets of the wedding night.
A “stunning” portrait of life and love inside an insular Jewish community that “reads like an Orthodox Pride and Prejudice . . . All the cups of cold coffee and small talk with suitors have led up to this moment. Longlisted for the man booker prize and selected as an amazon best book of the Month, The Marrying of Chani Kaufman is a “deeply melodic and exciting” story that “will resonate with readers from all backgrounds” and “linger after the last page” Publishers Weekly.
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman #ad - As chani and baruch prepare to share a lifetime, chaim and Rivka struggle to keep their marriage alive—and all four, together with the rest of the community, face difficult decisions about the place of faith and family in the contemporary world. Nineteen-year-old chani kaufman is betrothed to Baruch Levy, a young man she’s seen only four times before their wedding day.
Prayers and Lies: A NovelKensington #ad - The riverside cabins that hold so much of her family’s history also teem with scandalous whispers and harbor unimaginable secrets. Amid the dense woods and quiet beauty of the valley, the past is about to come to light at last, faith, with a force devastating enough to shatter lives, and the bond that Bethany once thought would last forever .
. . Still, and bethany’s friendship with Reana Mae, her loving relatives, keep them coming back. But as bethany grows older, she realizes that life in this small, close-knit community is not as simple as she once thought. The characters are wonderfully drawn. Publishers weekly “a touching examination of all the different kinds of love: between friends, between sisters, and above all, for one’s family.
Prayers and Lies: A Novel #ad - T. For bethany’s mother, the trips are a reminder of the coal mines and grinding poverty of her childhood—a place she had hoped to escape. When seven-year-old bethany meets her six-year-old cousin, Reana Mae, it’s the beginning of a kinship of misfits that saves both from a bone-deep loneliness. By the end of the book, i cared for every aunt and cousin, mother and sister, even the most troubled and dangerous.
Drusilla campbell, author of The Good Sister. Greenwood, bethany, author of two rivers “From the first sentence, the voice of the narrator, rings true and never falters.
On Division: A NovelFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Her ten children range in age from thirteen to thirty-nine. And at her age, a shift in the proper order of things, at this stage, it is an aberration, and a public display of private life. Pregnant at fifty-seven. A marvelous book by a masterful writer. Audrey niffenegger, author of her Fearful Symmetry and The Time Traveler’s Wife "As beautiful as it is unexpected.
Claire messud, author of the burning girlthrough one woman's life at a moment of surprising change, the award-winning author Goldie Goldbloom tells a deeply affecting, morally insightful story and offers a rare look inside Brooklyn's Chasidic communityIn Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just a block or two up from the East River on Division Avenue, Surie Eckstein is soon to be a great-grandmother.
On Division: A Novel #ad - Her in-laws, postwar immigrants from Romania, live on the first floor of their house. It is impossible not to be moved. Amy bloom, loves, author of white houses "This book brings the reader into the heart of a close-knit Jewish family and their joys, and sorrows . Surie is pregnant. Into this life of counted blessings comes a surprise.
She is unable to share the news, even with her husband. She and yidel, a scribe in such demand that he makes only a few Torah scrolls a year, live on the third. It is a steady-eyed look inside insular communities that also celebrates their comforts.
To Dance with the White DogRosettaBooks #ad - After fifty-seven years of marriage, they are unsure how their elderly father will survive on his own. They talk about him as if he can’t hear them, drive his truck, questioning how he’ll run a farm, or live by himself. When sam tells his children about a white dog who visits him, yet seems invisible to everyone else, they are sure that grief and old age have taken a toll on their father.
To Dance with the White Dog #ad - After sam peek’s beloved wife Cora dies, his children are worried about him. In this bittersweet story of love, grief, “master storyteller” Terry Kay takes readers on Sam’s journey with his white dog, and coming to terms with death, bringing solace and comfort to the inevitable transition that all must make The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In this “hauntingly beautiful story about love, family, and relationships, ” a mysterious dog helps an elderly man in his final days Archbishop Desmond Tutu. But, real or not, the creature soothes Sam’s grief and ultimately reconciles him with his own mortality.
Annabel: A NovelBlack Cat #ad - As wayne approaches adulthood, and its emotional and physical demands, the woman inside him begins to cry out. In 1968, in a remote part of canada, a child is born—a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor girl, but both at once. The changes that follow are momentous not just for him, but for the three adults who have guarded his secret.
Annabel: A Novel #ad - Beautifully written” debut about the trials of growing up unique in a restrictive environment The New York Times Book Review. Together, the adults make the difficult choice of deciding the gender for themselves, and raise the child as a boy named Wayne. Shortlisted for the orange prize in fiction, this “enchanting” literary gem explores the courage to unveil one’s true self in a culture that shuns contradiction The New Yorker.
Only three people share the secret: the baby’s parents and a trusted neighbor. But as wayne grows up, ” is never entirely extinguished, his shadow-self, a girl he thinks of as “Annabel, and indeed is secretly nurtured by the women in his life. An “absorbing . . . .
The Lost Saints of Tennessee: A NovelAtlantic Monthly Press #ad - Now he must decide the fate of his family—either by clinging to the way life was or moving toward what life might be. This “powerful . . . What lies ahead is refuge with his sympathetic cousins in Virginia horse country, a promising romance, and unforeseen new challenges that lead Zeke to a crossroads.
A riveting, ” and the fault lines that can divide, test, hardscrabble book on the rough, hardscrabble south, and heal a family Pat Conroy. To escape his pain, zeke puts his two treasured possessions—a childhood copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and his brother’s old dog—into his truck, and heads east.
What he leaves behind are his young daughters and his estranged mother, stricken by guilt over old sins as she embraces the hope that her family isn’t beyond repair. Southern novel that stands with genre classics like The Prince of Tides and Bastard Out of Carolina” is driven by the soulful voices of Ezekiel Cooper and his mother, Lillian.
The Lost Saints of Tennessee: A Novel #ad - Journeying across four decades, it follows Zeke’s evolution from anointed son in a Tennessee working-class family, to honorable sibling to unhinged middle-aged man Bookpage. After zeke loses his twin brother in a drowning and his wife to divorce, only ghosts remain in his hometown of Clayton. With abundant charm, and authority, warmth, Amy Franklin Willis’s “honest prose rises from the heart” in this moving consideration of the ways grief can.
Sing Them Home: A NovelGrove Press #ad - Larken, the eldest, is now an art history professor who seeks in food an answer to a less tangible hunger. Comparisons to john Irving and Tennessee Williams would not be amiss in this show-stopping debut. Kirkusreviews, starred review “Sing Them Home constantly surprises . . . And the youngest, bonnie, is a self-proclaimed archivist who combs roadsides for clues to her mother’s legacy, and permission to move on.
Gaelan, the son, is a telegenic weatherman who devotes his life to predicting the unpredictable. When they’re summoned home after their father’s sudden death, each sibling is forced to revisit the childhood event that has defined their lives. Everyone in emlyn springs, knows the story of Hope Jones, Nebraska, who was lost in the tornado of 1978.
Sing Them Home: A Novel #ad - A big cast of vividly portrayed characters. Theboston globe “fans of ann patchett and Haven Kimmel should dive onto the sofa one wintry weekend with Stephanie Kallos’ wonderfully transportive second novel. Entertainment Weekly. One of entertainment weekly’s ten best Books of the Year: “A magical novel that even cynics will close with a smile” People.
Sing them home is a magnificent tapestry of lives connected and undone by tragedy, lives poised—unbeknownst to the characters—for redemption. With lyricism, wisdom, and humor, this novel by the national bestselling author of Broken for You explores the consequences of protecting those we love.
My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Family's PastAlgonquin Books #ad - This powerful book is an improbable story of tolerance and hope set in what today is the very center of the world’s attention. Graceful and resonant . . . Mostly illiterate, gifted storytellers, they were self-made mystics, and humble peddlers who dwelt in harmony with their Muslim and Christian neighbors in the mountains of northern Iraq.
A personal undertaking for a son who admits he never understood his unassuming, penny-pinching immigrant father. The new york times book review“sabar’s family history turns out to be more than the chronicle of one man’s efforts to retain something of his homeland in new surroundings. It’s also a moving story about the near-death of an ancient language and the tiny flicker of life that remains in it.
My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Family's Past #ad - The washington post book World“One of the best recent memoirs I’ve read. The huffington Post. National book critics circle award winner for Autobiography: “A powerful story of the meaning of family and tradition inside a little-known culture” San Francisco Chronicle. In a remote corner of the world, lived an enclave of Kurdish Jews so isolated that they still spoke Aramaic, forgotten for nearly three thousand years, the language of Jesus.
To these descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Yona Sabar was born. Yona’s son, where yona had become an esteemed professor, grew up in Los Angeles, Ariel, dedicating his career to preserving his people’s traditions. Ariel wanted nothing to do with his father’s strange immigrant heritage—until he had a son of his own.
The Train to Warsaw: A NovelGrove Press #ad - Together, traveling by train through a frozen December landscape, they return to the city of their youth. He tells lilka that nothing remains of the city they knew and that wild horses couldn’t drag him back. Lilka, however, is nostalgic for the city of her childhood and manages to change Jascha’s mind.
Two holocaust survivors, now married, return to the site of the Warsaw Ghetto they fled forty years ago in this “riveting, dream-like” novel The New York Times Book Review. Forty years after the war, Jascha receives a letter inviting him to give a reading in Warsaw. When they unwittingly find themselves back in what was once the ghetto, they will discover that they still have secrets between them as well as an inescapable past.
In 1942, jascha and Lilka separately fled from the Warsaw Ghetto. With quiet but devastating force, edelman plays the experience of being closed in—to trauma, to the past, to a ghetto—against the experience of being forever cast out. The new york times book review “a compelling tale told by two lovers, whose stunning, the mystery of memory, sometimes shocking dialogue ultimately becomes an exploration of the enduring wounds of the Holocaust, and the irresolvable traumas of lived experience.
The Train to Warsaw: A Novel #ad - Haaretz israel “A powerful and moving novel that is both disturbing and exhilarating. Washington independent Review of Books “A well-crafted study of exile and return. Publishers Weekly. Reunited years later, they now live in London where Jascha has become a celebrated writer, feted for his dark tales about his wartime adventures.
Sima's Undergarments for Women: A NovelThe Overlook Press #ad - Sima goldner runs her own bra shop, where her customers can find not only a perfect fit but also a sympathetic ear. But then timna, a young Israeli with enviable cleavage, becomes the shop seamstress. A subtle, provocative, and utterly compelling examination of the friendship between two women. Michelle richmond, new York Times–bestselling author of The Marriage Pact.
As the two work together, sima finds herself awakened to long-lost yearnings for adventure and romance—and must decide if what she has is worth keeping. The store, loves, laughter, is like a secret underground sisterhood where women of every shape and creed can share milestones, in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, and losses against a backdrop of discount lingerie.
Sima's Undergarments for Women: A Novel #ad - Day in and day out, sima teaches other women to appreciate their bodies—yet feels betrayed by her own. Shamed by her infertility and a secret from her youth, she has given up on happiness and surrendered to a bitter marriage that has lasted over forty years. In a brooklyn basement, sima gives neighborhood women the support they need—but struggles with her own secrets: “Much more than a novel of female bonding” Publishers Weekly.