A small, close-knit
Orthodox Jewish community in London is the setting for a revealing look
at religion and sexuality in Alderman's frank yet heartfelt debut novel,
Disobedience. The story begins with the death of the community's
esteemed rabbi, which sets in motion plans for a memorial service and
the search for a replacement. The rabbi's nephew and likely successor,
Dovid, calls his cousin Ronit in New York to tell her that her father
has died. Ronit, who left the community long ago to build a life for
herself as a career woman, returns home when she hears the news, and her
reappearance exposes tears in the fabric of the community.
Steeped in Jewish philosophy and teachings, Disobedience is a perceptive and thoughtful exploration of the laws and practices that have governed Judaism for centuries, and continue to hold sway today. Throughout the novel, Alderman retells stories from the Torah -- Judaism's fundamental source -- and the interplay between these tales and the struggles of the novel's unique characters wields enormous power and wisdom, and will surely move readers to tears.
Disobedience - Naomi Alderman
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