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Disobedience

Author: Naomi Alderman
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For Ronit Krushka, thirty-two and single, who lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Orthodox Judaism is a suffocating culture she fled long ago. When she learns that her estranged father, the preeminent rabbi of the London Orthodox Jewish community in which she was raised, has died, she must return home for the first time in years. There, amid the traditional ebb and flow of the community, Ronit reminds herself of
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Alderman, Naomi.
Disobedience.
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2006
(OCoLC)989853816
Named Person: Jewish families -- England -- London -- Fiction.
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Naomi Alderman
ISBN: 0743291565 9780743291569 0743291573 9780743291576
OCLC Number: 68694481
Notes: "A Touchstone book."
Description: 227 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Naomi Alderman.
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"For Ronit Krushka, thirty-two and single, who lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Orthodox Judaism is a suffocating culture she fled long ago. When she learns that her estranged father, the preeminent rabbi of the London Orthodox Jewish community in which she was raised, has died, she must return home for the first time in years. There, amid the traditional ebb and flow of the community, Ronit reminds herself of her dual mission: to mourn and to collect a single heirloom -- her mother's Shabbat candlesticks. But when Ronit reconnects with her complex and beloved cousin Dovid as well as with a forbidden childhood sweetheart, she becomes more than just a stranger in her old home -- she becomes a threat. Set at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, of personal desires and the demands of God, Disobedience is about the importance of moving on and what we lose when we do -- and it is about the tendency toward disobedience that we all possess."--Publisher's website.

In writing about the inhabitants of this small, gossipy society, Alderman cleverly uses a slightly sinister, omniscient "we" to represent a community that speaks with one voice, and her descriptions of Orthodox customs are richly embroidered. Alternating with this perspective is the first-person narrative of Ronit Krushka, a woman who has left the community and is now a financial analyst in New York.

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