9781573225489

The Romance Reader

ISBN 10: 1573225487 / 1-57322-548-7
ISBN 13: 9781573225489
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:

What Rachel wants is to wear sheer stockings, to swim in a bathing suit, to sing at the top of her voice and wander the world like men do. But as the eldest daughter of a Hasidic rabbi, she is expected to follow in her mother's footsteps: caring for the young ones, helping at home, submitting to arranged marriage and shaving off her hair. The world of ultra Orthodox Judaism is strictly controlled. and Rachel can't quite imagine what life is like outside. But the forbidden paperback books that she secretly devours tell her of a world filled with daring, seductive men and sensuous, rebellious women. A world she yearns for even as her wedding day draws near. A world that she's not even sure really exists...


Review:

"[A]n intelligent first novel--poignant and thoughtful--from a writer to watch."

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"Rachel isn't always a likable girl, but we sympathize with her plight....The book is compelling throughout. Abraham's unadorned prose (appropriate to Rachel's straightforward personality) cuts right to the conflicts. THE ROMANCE READER is a good example of how suspense can arise simply from passionate characters. If the ending is a bit too ambiguous to satisfy us, that's in part because we don't want to leave Rachel without knowing everything that happens to her for the rest of her life."

Donna Levin, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, 08/13/1995

 

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