By Naomi Alderman
(Touchstone, Hardcover, 9780743291569, 240pp.)
Publication Date: September 5, 2006
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There, amid the traditional ebb and flow of the community -- the quiet young women returning from their kosher shops and the men with their tightly clutched prayer books -- Ronit reminds herself of her dual mission: to mourn and to collect a single heirloom -- her mother's Shabbat candlesticks. But when Ronit reconnects with her complex and beloved cousin Dovid and with a forbidden childhood sweetheart, she becomes more than just a stranger in her old home -- she becomes a threat.
Driven by wit and beautifully rendered detail, "Disobedience" pulls back the curtain on a devout and closed world. Set at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, of personal desires and the demands of God, "Disobedience" is about the importance of moving on and what we lose when we do -- and it is about the tendency toward disobedience that we all have.