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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...

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"[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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Book Description: Riverhead Books, United States, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 203 x 130 mm. Brand New Book. Widely applauded when it was published last year, Pearl Abraham s debut novel The Romance Reader possesses that quality that distinguishes all great fiction--a fresh look at the universal truths that bind us together. Like Chaim Potok, who revealed the Orthodox Jewish world from a young man s perspective in The Chosen, Abraham explores new ground, offering readers a tender story of a young Hasidic woman facing the challenges of growing up and the demands of her religion. Rachel Benjamin is the daughter of a quixotic rabbi who dreams of building a synagogue in the secluded upstate New York bungalow colony where his family now lives. As the rabbi s eldest daughter, Rachel is expected to set an example for her five siblings and for the other girls in the community: she must wear thick opaque tights with seams; she is forbidden to wear a bathing suit in public; and she can never read books in English. But like all young adults, Rachel bristles at the stringent rules set by her family and her religion, rebelling in ways that become increasingly apparent. Whether sneaking sheer nylons in and out of the house or applying for an illicit library card that will allow her access to the romance novels that she loves, Rachel is determined to do things her way. Dreaming of a life that mirrors that of the heroines in her favorite novels, Rachel craves the independence she will never have as a Hasidic woman in an arranged marriage. And yet, as her impending marriage draws inevitably nearer, the pulls of family and faith weigh against the frightening and unknown world beyond her own. This coming-of-age tale is both unusual and familiar--an intriguing, heartfelt look at the power of family and religion in the Hasidic community and the universal desire to leave the nest. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9781573225489

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