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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Love in an exotic setting. Esty's life was laid out for her from birth. She would marry one of a handful of young men suggested to her and settle down to raise a large family in a tiny space within the closed community of her parents, near to and yet far from the modern world. But Esty has decided to risk all by escaping while she still can. Will she make it to the other s ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 17th 2014 by Crooked Cat Publishing Ltd
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Neither Here Nor There was simple romance that was made beautiful because of its setting in Jerusalem. Story revolved around Haredi Judaism, Esty’s struggle who left the orthodox ways, challenged its beliefs and lifestyle to live life of secular that can have meaning, freedom, and love. It was about struggle of transition in lifestyle; orthodox vs tradition, secular and extremism; strength and determination; going against the flow; un
Isabella May
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely fascinating story that will stay with me for a long time. Esty's tale highlights the vast cultural differences to be found in her part of the world, making me feel very thankful, as a woman for my own very different life. Her determination to follow her gut instinct and flee her situation, is seriously inspired and uplifting, but of course not without its many challenges, for nothing could ever be that straightforward. The author has crafted a sensitively portrayed romance between ...more
Cathy Bryant
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet and unusual book in which a conventional romance storyline is played out in an exotic (and for me educational) setting. Esty has left the orthodox haredi community in Jerusalem, and tries to build a secular life for herself. the consequences of her escape, however, affect others as well as herself, and provide Esty with all sorts of problems - not least when getting to know the kind and attentive man Mark, one of the new friends in her new life...
The descriptions of both orthodox
Oriyah Nitkin
Nov 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Oh, gag. Seriously?

I have several criticisms of the book. The first, and most overwhelming, is that from cover to cover was one cliche after another. If you really think a spoiler alert will prevent you from figuring out the ending, skip this paragraph, but if you trust me at all, I assure you that NOTHING will be ruined by continuing. This book wrapped up like a sitcom, with all the pieces magically falling into place and 'revealing' the outcomes in a single conversation and tying it up with a
K.B. Walker
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a simple story about a complex experience and I found it fascinating, reading it in virtually one sitting. Esty, a young woman born and raised in an extremely closed, orthodox Haredi community in Jerusalem, escapes. Through her eyes we discover the good and bad in both the sect she left and the secular world she chose and we feel some of the pain of being cut off from all those you know and love. Some interesting points are made about the dangers of extreme approaches to religion as well ...more
Joan Livingston
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Neither Here Nor There" is story about choices, change, and, yes, love. Living in Israel, Esty decides to forsake the ultra-orthodox way of life she had with her family for a secular one. It is not an easy decision or adjustment. But she finds support — and a love interest in Mark — to help in the transformation. I found myself delightfully immersed in an unfamiliar world via Esty’s experience. A wonderful story by Miriam Drori. ...more
Kathleen Gray
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A basic and very simple romance made special by its setting. I was fascinated with the details of the Haredi. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. You will like this if you are interested in different cultures.
Gabrielle Rose
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, beautifully written, heart warming and heart wrenching... would love to read a sequel...
Saarah Niña
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it

This book had such meaning for me- it was, in simple terms, about feeling confined in a lifestyle you no longer agree with: that is no longer right for you. That's Esty's story, she doesn't belong, and feels like an alien- an imposter- so, she decides to leave the haredi lifestyle (the lifestyle of an Orthodox Jew) and moves on. Of course, as expected, there are a number of hurdles she has to first get over: her family doesn't seem very accepting, her community disapproves and then t
Wendy Janes
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Esty flees from her home in the orthodox haredi community of Jerusalem in order to start a secular life. Will she be able to cope in a new world without her family and the rules they’ve always lived by? It’s a new world of freedom and a lovely young English man called Mark.

There’s a refreshing innocence to this story. Esty’s developing relationship with Mark is all the more involving because she has so much to learn about life and about herself. Through Esty we experience her transition from a r
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Neither Here Nor There - a gentle emancipation.
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Many of us are fascinated by life in separate, secluded communities such as monasteries, prisons or the Amish. The protagonist of this thoughtful, gentle novel makes her escape from an ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Israel, because she fears being forced into a loveless arranged marriage. Aided by people on the outside, she struggles with many things i
Christoph Fischer
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Neither Here Nor There" by Miriam Drori is a marvellous book. From the beginning you feel for the protagonist, a young woman determined to leave her orthodox community and try to make it on her own.
It is a big step for the young woman in Jerusalem. Her point of view relates that easily, I felt I knew her and her problem immediately. The familiarity to the main character is fostered with the many examples of how life changes for her. We follow her as she transforms and moves on in her life.
Jean Davison
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is well-written and kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. Esty, the main character, is very well-drawn and I was with her all the way as she struggles to establish her identity in a world which is new and puzzling to her. This novel achieves the often difficult balance of raising thought-provoking questions while, at the same time, providing an entertaining and satisfying read. The result is a poignant love story and more than that. I wo ...more
Vanessa Couchman
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this lovely book almost in one sitting (well, reclining, actually, since I was in bed). I was drawn in from the first sentence. Esty has spent all her 19 years in the strictly orthodox haredi community in Jerusalem but decides to leave it and her parents and many siblings. The decision is difficult and Esty is unprepared for what she will find on the secular side of the fence. The character of Esty is well-drawn and the author conveys very convincingly the anguish of being an outsider. Th ...more
Janet Gogerty
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this gentle story about a city that fascinates me, though I have never visited. There are many religious sects that try to contain themselves from the outside world and who can blame parents for wanting to shield their children from a frantic modern world that can destroy young lives.
I think Esty's family are portrayed with sympathy and we do come to understand her mother more as the story progresses. But most readers will be willing Esty not to go back to such a horrendously narrow li
Elizabeth Hein
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this fresh take on the classic romance storyline, Miriam Dori brings us Esty and Mark. Esty spent the first part of her life under the rigid strictures of her religious community and longs for freedom. Once she gains that freedom, she finds life more complicated than she anticipated. I found the love story sweet and enjoyed learning a bit about the orthodox communities in Jerusalem.
Davida Chazan
A sweet book, and a nice little love story placed in a situation that isn't often found in novels. Drori has a good eye for finding a unique twist to the usual "boy meets girl" plot. You can read my full review here ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
A glimpse in to a closed introspective life of the ultra religious in Jerusalem. When a girl tries to escape her Haredi life and become secular, she struggles with the simplest of “normal” life

Just not sure how realistic these glimpses are of the enclosed world
Toria Bacon
Easy read and extremely cliched. Just a fairytale with no surprises. Rather disappointing.
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Miriam Drori took up creative writing following careers in computer programming and technical writing. Her books span several genres: romance, historical fiction, uplit, crime and non-fiction. Her short stories and poems have appeared in anthologies. She is passionate about raising awareness of the widespread but little-known disorder called social anxiety.

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