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Everyday Jews by Yehoshue Perle
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Dec 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: a-research, fiction-general, a-research-reviews
Read from December 17 to 23, 2011

It's easy to see why this was a shocking book to Polish Jews in 1935. Topics are discussed here that were generally off-limits ... sexual awakening, marital infidelity, attempted rape (of a young boy by an older woman).

There is also a very clear sense of the value of persistence - a need to just keep going in the face of whatever problems life brings - that was very much a part of the Polish Jew's psyche.

I'm planning to have Anna, my main female character in the novel I'm writing, who will be 18 when 'Everyday Jews' is published, discuss and react to these issues with her close friend at university in Warsaw. I think it will provide many nuanced opportunities to explore Anna's thoughts as she changes from a girl to a woman.
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