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Light Fell by Evan Fallenberg
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Oct 06, 2011

bookshelves: gayreadinggroup, liminalfiction, judaica
Read in October, 2011

This book about an Orthodox Jewish man who falls in love with another Orthodox Jewish Rabbi and then must leave his family walks a little too far on the side of melodrama but still is an engrossing story of struggle with tradition and sexual inclinations. The depiction and description of the Israeli Orthodox characters includes a lot of very realistic details about the day-to-day considerations Orthodox Jews take in order to be observant, like preparations in the home for Shabbos. The reference to homoerotic Medieval Jewish Poetry was nice and I wish the language in the book could have included some of that beauty. The plot and theme was engaging but the style was too plain.

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