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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  3 reviews
An engrossing meditation on the meaning of faith, Sarah/Sara is the story of a young Orthodox Jewish woman who undertakes a solo kayaking journey across the Arctic Ocean after her parents are killed and she is disfigured by a terrorist bomb in a Jerusalem café. Haunted by her parents' death, and in particular by memories of her father, a 9/11 survivor whose dream was to ka ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Ig Publishing (first published 2010)
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Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sara/Sarah is a zealot who believes a six-week Artic pilmigrage will heal her trauma and grief. Faith, discipline, and whiskey fail her. The earth and sea are indifferent. Her thwarted awakening devolves into a tangle of religious and romantic reflections, a mare incognito of the mind, body, and spirit to reveal dysphoria, regret, and hubris.

While Judaic references are laborious for a goy; its worth a second skim for context: understanding Sara/Sarah’s delusional root propels the journey. A goo
Erika Dreifus
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jewish-lit
Wow. Extraordinary book. Glad that I have a review assignment and get to think about it some more (review assignments invariably involve intense thinking). Stay tuned for the review. (UPDATE, July 12, 2010): The review is now available on the Fiction Writers Review website. Review is based on a copy provided by the publisher.) ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Few books so gracefully tackle questions of religion, life purpose, and love head-on. I found this book transformative. In the beginning, I could not imagine making the choices that Sarah made, but by the end of the book I was in the boat with her. Jacob Paul is an extremely intelligent writer. The book's scenic details and voice are extraordinary.

Here is a video of Paul describing Sarah/Sara
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