By Talia Carner
HarperTorch, Paperback, 9780062004376, 454pp.
Publication Date: May 31, 2011
"Talia Carner is a skillful and heartfelt storyteller who takes the reader on journey of the senses, into a world long forgotten."
--Jennifer Lauck, author of Blackbird
"Exquisitely told, with details so vivid you can almost taste the food and hear the voices....A moving and utterly captivating novel that I will be thinking about for a long, long time."
--Tess Gerritsen, author of The Silent Girl
"Talia Carner's story captivates at every level, heart and mind."
--Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean
The poignant, colorful, and unforgettable story of a young woman in early 20th-century Jerusalem who must choose between her faith and her passion, Jerusalem Maiden heralds the arrival of a magnificent new literary voice, Talia Carner. In the bestselling vein of The Red Tent, The Kite Runner, and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Jerusalem Maiden brilliantly evokes the sights and sounds of the Middle East during the final days of the Ottoman Empire. Historical fiction and Bible lovers will be captivated by this thrilling tale of a young Jewish woman during a fascinating era, her inner struggle with breaking the Second Commandment, and her ultimate transcendence through self-discovery.
“A fascinating look at a little-known culture and time . . . Tuck JERUSALEM MAIDEN in your beach bag.”
-Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Talia Carner uses beautiful language, exquisite storytelling, and detailed research to transport the reader into the world of old Jerusalem . . . This is a book to savor and discuss.”
-Jewish Book World
“A welcome glimpse into a little-understood world.”
“Engaging . . . Carner renders Esther’s world with great authority and detail, revealing intimate familial rituals within the larger political and socioeconomic context.”
“JERUSALEM MAIDEN is a page-turning and thought-provoking novel. Extraordinary sensory detail vividly conjures another time and place; heroine Esther Kaminsky’s poignant struggle transcends time and place. The ultimate revelation here: for many women, if not most, 2011 is no different than 1911, but triumph is nonetheless possible.”
-Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of The Scenic Route
“Talia Carner is a skillful and heartfelt storyteller who takes the reader on journey of the senses, into a world long forgotten. Her story of a woman who struggles and seeks the light is universal and inspiring. Read this book and savor.”
-Jennifer Lauck, author of the New York Times bestseller Blackbird and the newly released Found: A Memoir
“JERUSALEM MAIDEN won me over from the first moment I began reading it...meticulously researched, and steeped in thorough knowledge, no less than deep understanding, of both this community and of the world of art in Paris at the beginning of the twentieth century... I could not put it down.”
-Eva Etzioni-Halevy, author of The Triumph of Deborah, The Song of Hannah and The Garden of Ruth
“JERUSALEM MAIDEN is a novel but the reader feels that she has entered living, lost history. Once engaged, you cannot put this book down . . . [H]eartbreakingly real.”
-Phyllis Chesler, author of Women and Madness and Women of the Wall
“[A]n exquisitely explosive journey . . . [JERUSALEM MAIDEN] immerses us in a provocative and astonishingly realized world filled with evil spirits, arranged marriages, prayer, poverty, and the pain of breaking free.”
-Michelle Cameron, author of The Fruit of Her Hands
“Exquisitely told...a moving and utterly captivating novel that I will be thinking about for a long, long time.”
-Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of THE SILENT GIRL
“Esther Kaminsky is a true heroine . . . The truly marvellous thing about JERUSALEM MAIDEN is how deeply Talia Carner is able to evoke Esther’s faith and the complexity of the choices she faces. A beautiful and timely novel.”
-Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street and Eva Moves the Furniture
“As bold and fragile as its main character, JERUSALEM MAIDEN is at heart a story of revolution. . . Captivates at every level, heart and mind.”
-Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Second Nature
“Compelling ... vividly examines the grinding poverty and oppressive religious domination the heroine suffers in pre-World War I Mea Shearim, and then compares it with the seductive nonconformity she enjoys in the Parisian art world ten years later.”
-Maggie Anton, author of Rashi's Daughters
“[A] fascinating story of how a talented, artistic woman from a conservative faith must balance the responsibilities of her heritage against her passions for love and art ... [JERUSALEM MAIDEN] brings an elusive time and place to life and makes you question the strengths of your own beliefs.”
-Vanitha Sankaran, author of Watermark