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This is an auction for DISOBEDIENCE by Naomi Alderman.

"Ronit Krushka, the 32-year-old single daughter of a British Orthodox rabbi, has fled the closed community of Hendon in London's North End for New York, where she works as a financial analyst and enjoys a life free of the restrictions that Orthodox Judaism imposes. When her father dies suddenly, she returns to England to mourn and collect her mother's Shabbat candlesticks. Once there, she reconnects with her cousin Dovid, but her new life clearly conflicts with community norms, and malicious gossip begins to poison the already tense atmosphere. Alderman's first novel, a best-seller in England, depicts the conflicts between a tradition-based way of life, emphasizing the past, and the frenetic nature of the modern world, always hurtling forward. As Ronit ponders these issues, she contemplates the mixed blessing of moving on, and she comes to see how both speech and silence have the power to wound and heal. DISOBEDIENCE provides a revealing glimpse into a closed community and offers serious ethical questions to ponder."
- Booklist (US)

"A wonderful novel...Orthodoxy absolutely glows out of the pages of Disobedience, as rich and fresh and fascinating as this lovely novel itself."
- Sunday Times (UK)

"Alderman's first novel, set in the world of British Orthodox Jewry, offers detailed insights into a tradition that can usually only be glimpsed and guessed at--the ritual baths, the rush to prepare the Sabbath, the behind-the-scenes back-biting and manipulations of congregants. Prefacing segments with quotes from the Torah and Talmud, Alderman does an excellent job of capturing how individuals and community justify themselves."
- AudioFile (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Penguin paperback 2007.

277 pages.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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