A Woman of Salt: A Novel

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Counterpoint, 2001 - Fiction - 238 pages
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What ensues is a form of dialogue where each story about Ruth and her past is stitched together by a midrash, a narrative exploration of a biblical text that Ruth writes herself and that becomes a kind of commentary on the events of her life." "From this collision of midrashim and stories that Ruth tells, we learn the circumstances of her life. We learn about the Dutch Calvinist community she was raised in and the burden of religion she experienced as a child; about her youthful rebellion and experiments with drugs; her relationship with her rigid, judgmental mother and weak father; the men who invariably turned cold and abusive. Caught in this tangle and beset by the demons of memory, she is forced to come to terms with herself as a woman in order to survive. As Ruth gradually settles her heart and mind, the distance between her stories and her midrashim dissolves."--BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - Beezie - LibraryThing

An interesting and meditative format, but more of a collection of midrashes, than a novel. Potter Engel begins to tell story of Ruth, a girl raised in a difficult, quasi-psychotic, Dutch Calvinist ... Read full review


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