Kaaterskill Falls (Google eBook)
In the summer of '76, the Shulmans and the Melishes migrate to Kaaterskill, the tiny town in upstate New York where Orthodox Jews and Yankee year-rounders live side by side from June through August. Elizabeth Shulman, a devout follower of Rav Elijah Kirshner and the mother of five daughters, is restless. She needs a project of her own, outside her family and her cloistered community. Across the street, Andras Melish is drawn to Kaaterskill by his adoring older sisters, bound to him by their loss and wrenching escape from the Holocaust. Both comforted and crippled by his sisters' love, Andras cannot overcome the ambivalence he feels toward his children and his own beautiful wife. At the top of the hill, Rav Kirshner is coming to the end of his life, and he struggles to decide which of his sons should succeed him: the pious but stolid Isaiah, or the brilliant but worldly Jeremy. Behind the scenes, alarmed as his beloved Kaaterskill is overdeveloped by Michael King, the local real estate broker, Judge Miles Taylor keeps an old secret in check, biding his time....
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Review: Kaaterskill FallsUser Review - Suanne Laqueur - Goodreads
As often happens with me in multi-character stories, I end up loving some and not caring less about others. Big on description and smaller on plot, it got a little slow at times Read full review
Review: Kaaterskill FallsUser Review - Laurie - Goodreads
Learned many things from this book about a culture I knew very little about. Loved the way the author described the characters' feelings about their religious faith. Made me more sympathetic than I otherwise may have been. Read full review