The Ladies Auxiliary
In this remarkable and assured debut, Tova Mirvis tells the story of the close-knit, carefully structured world of the Orthodox community in Memphis, Tennessee, a world that unravels when Batsheva, newly widowed and a convert to Judaism, and her five-year-old daughter, Ayala, move in.Batsheva is free-spirited and artistic, and at first the women of the ladies auxiliary dis ...more
As an LDS reader, I found it fascinating. Lots of interesting questions: How often are we like the Mrs. Levys in this novel? Are we so stuck in our customs that we forget about our religion? How can we raise our children when the world lives so differently than we do?
This book is written in first person plural voice, which is unusual, but you get used to it very quickly. It is as if "The Ladies Auxilia ...more
Now six and a half years later (3/2017), I would change that last sentence to "Will I still love them no matter what t ...more
I wish I could be at book club to discuss the book with you gals.
And I loved the references to Jewish tradition. Although I was raised in a Reform congregation, my grandparents were very much a part of that Orthodoxy. And we all stuck together, supporting each other, even when it ...more
When I first started this book I had a really hard time getting into it. There are about 20 main characters and none of them are the narrator exactly. The story is told in first-person plural which took a bit to get into plus the pace of the book is very slow. For th ...more
I feel like my Mormon-ness could relate to a lot of t ...more
Finished: WOW! What a powerful book. Essential reading for women in the LDS culture. Touches on the theme of examining our own lives instead of examining/criticizing the lives of other. Also about how we treat people who don't fit into the mold we have created for the typical LDS woman. Most importantly, it reminds me of the ...more
What I really enjoyed about this book was that it was told from the perspective of the community. That alone gave this book an incredibly unique voice.
I found the ending to be a bit ...more
Beautiful story, beautiful characters... I really have no words to describe how much I loved this book.
The cycle of the way women treat each other will never end.
It's so much easier to blame someone else then take a long hard look at yourself.
All the ladies in this book are sinners, they just seem to think that their sins aren't as bad as someone else's.
The Orthodox Jewish insight was interesting.