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From a Sealed Room: A Novel

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  55 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
With this compelling first novel, Rachel Kadish entwines the lives of three women: an adventurous young college student from New York, an emotionally enclosed Israeli housewife, and a fragile Holocaust survivor. It is a powerful exploration of the struggle between safety and suffocation and a reminder of both the power and peril of freedom.
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published October 12th 1998 by Putnam Adult
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Katherine Marple
I bought this book because I loved "Tolstoy Lied" by the same author. In "Tolstoy" the characters were very well developed and I truly cared for each of them. "Tolstoy Lied" was released a year after this one, but I figured "Who changes a lot in one year?" I was very wrong.

"From a Sealed Room" was very slow. The characters were kind of thrown into your face at the beginning and I had a hard time keeping them straight in my mind as I continued on to the second, third chapters. I didn't care for
Wendy Kobylarz-Chouvarda
Well-written, but a little confusing. Although the blurb says the book interweaves three lives, it feels more like she started one story (Tami's) and moved on to Maya's, which I didn't mind too much because Tami's story is boring. It's hard to want to read about an unlikable person. I like the treatment of an abused woman and the difficulty she has getting away from it. I like bits of the Holocaust survivor's story, though sometimes it gets tedious. The book is too long, I think and the ending f ...more
Mar 28, 2008 Jamie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Jamie by: Temple Sholom Book Club
I finished this book only because I was hoping SOMETHING monumental would happen in the end to redeem this story. Sorry to say, it never did. This book was pure character study. I was so frustrated by the heroine's stupidity that I found this difficult to read. The one character who could have been interesting and made a great story died before anything could develop. I was very disappointed in this book.
Aug 16, 2009 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written, though I'm not sure what I learned from this book. The story's been told many times before...and this one is from an American girl who goes to Israel, learns about herself and her family, her relationship, her roots, and so on. Love the perspective but was somewhat confused as to the "downstairs" character. Would love to have seen more of her.
"For anyone who traveled in Israel in the 1990’s, this is a must read. Wholly apart form the interesting characters and well developed story, the author’s prose captures an era, a mood, and a sense that hangs in the Jerusalem air known to all who frequent the city, but that have heretofore defied description." - Lisa Bernstein
Feb 21, 2014 Laurie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Deathly, deathly dull. Well-written, but dull.
Feb 03, 2008 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an Israeli, multigenerational novel.
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I write because it's my way of metabolizing life. To paraphrase Henry James: I don't really know what I think until I see what I say.
That habit of trying to work out what I think of the world, sentence by sentence, has led me to write two novels and one novella, plus a few dozen essays and stories...and for quite a while now I've been at work on a historical novel (more on that soon, I hope).
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