The Ladies Auxiliary

The Ladies Auxiliary

By Tova Mirvis

Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345441263, 336pp.

Publication Date: September 5, 2000


When free-spirited Batsheva moves into the close-knit Orthodox community of Memphis, Tennessee, the already precarious relationship between the Ladies Auxiliary and their teenage daughters is shaken to the core. In this extraordinary novel, Tova Mirvis takes us into the fascinating and insular world of the Memphis Orthodox Jews, one ripe with tradition and contradiction. Warm and wise, enchanting and funny, The Ladies Auxiliary brilliantly illuminates the timeless struggle between mothers and daughters, family and self, religious freedom and personal revelation, honoring the past and facing the future. An unforgettable story of uncommon atmosphere, profound insight, and winning humor, The Ladies Auxiliary is a triumphant work of fiction.

About the Author
TOVA MIRVIS is the author of "The Outside World" and "The Ladies Auxiliary", which was a national bestseller. Her essays have appeared in various anthologies and newspapers including "The New York Times", "Good Housekeeping", and "Poets and Writers", and her fiction has been broadcast on National Public Radio. She has been a Visiting Scholar at The Brandeis Women s Studies Research Center and is a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fiction Fellowship. She lives in Newton, MA with her three children.

Praise For The Ladies Auxiliary

"A SPARKLING DEBUT . . . A graceful novel with a strong sense of place, with vivid characters that are as Southern as the black-eyed peas they serve for Shabbat dinner, as Jewish as their homemade challah."
--Jewish Week

--Detroit Free Press

"Poignant, funny, sophisticated . . . The Orthodox answer to The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood."