A Seat At The Table: A Novel of Forbidden Choices
Lust • Tradition • Love • Faith • Self • Family
Elisha walks through Brooklyn with side curls tucked behind his ears and an oversized black hat on his head. He is a Chassidic Orthodox Jew and the son of a revered rabbi in whose footsteps he's expected to follow. When he leaves his insular world to take classes at a secular college, he vows to remain unchanged…
PRAISE FOR A SEAT AT THE TABLE
"A poignant depiction of a deeply loving father and a no less loving son desperate to find his own very different path without shattering the connection to his family, to his father."
"Halberstam takes you deeply into the Chassidic community with a critical eye but a loving, understanding heart. This tender, compassionate coming-of-age story brims over with wisdom from the Jewish tradition. It's worth reading for the Chassidic tales alone."
"Joshua Halberstam knows the soul of Chassidic Brooklyn better than anyone without payes and a black hat. He explores that world with a unique combination of skepticism and compassion. A Seat at the Table is a lovely and deeply humane book."
"In this novel of fathers and sons, faith and doubt, Joshua Halberstam illuminates a world rich with religious tradition and Chassidic stories, and he proves himself to be a master storyteller in his own right. A Seat at the Table is unusually wise, genuine, and always affecting."
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Review: A Seat at the Table: A Novel of Forbidden ChoicesUser Review - Sarah - Goodreads
Interesting, with great imbedded stories, but not a fully fleshed-out novel. And the only developed female character is quirky and charming and unpredictable and oh, so irritating. However, Halberstam is enough of a writer that I finished the book and don't regret reading it. Read full review
Review: A Seat at the Table: A Novel of Forbidden ChoicesUser Review - Debi - Goodreads
The difference in writing quality between the Chassidic stories and the overall plot portions of this novel is striking. The former were beautifully rendered and resolved in meaningful, poetic ... Read full review
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