Disobedience: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, May 22, 2007 - Fiction - 240 pages
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A FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION
A FINALIST FOR THE SAMI ROHR PRIZE FOR JEWISH LITERATURE


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.
 

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User Review  - CBJames - LibraryThing

I didn't really like Naomi Alderman's novel, Disobedience. I found it kind of annoying. But it has stayed with me for some time, near the surface, too. Maybe I don't like it because it hits oddly ... Read full review

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User Review  - zeborah - LibraryThing

A novel about two women, raised as Orthodox Jews and once girlhood lovers, now (since one married the other's cousin) struggling respectively with being a lesbian and with being an Orthodox Jew ... Read full review

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II
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III
39
IV
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V
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VI
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VII
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VIII
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IX
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X
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XI
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Naomi Alderman is a graduate of Oxford University and the University of East Anglia's Creative Writing MA and has published award-winning short fiction in a number of anthologies. She has worked as an editor and game designer, and spent several years living in New York. She grew up in the Orthodox Jewish community in Hendon, the neighborhood in London where she now lives.

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