Jun 09, 12
Read in May, 2012
This was a fascinating look at the world of ultra orthodox Judaism. This is a woman's story, told by a woman who ultimately left the fold, in order to avoid an arranged marriage. She writes of education, marriage, dictated customs, rules, and forbidden activities. What is so interesting, is that this story did not just transpire in the distant past in the "old country,"but continued in New York in the middle of the 20th Century. The life shown in this novel was more or less lived by Markovits until she left her Jewish family and community in the late 1990's. This is a novel about free choice or limitless obedience, about finding happiness through belonging to a community closed in its tradition or through independence and individuality. This book really made me think!