Touchstone Books, 9780743291576, 227pp.
Publication Date: May 22, 2007
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*NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, STARRING RACHEL WEISZ AND RACHEL MCADAMS *AUTHOR OF ONE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FAVORITE READS OF 2017
When a young photographer living in New York learns that her estranged father, a well-respected rabbi, has died, she can no longer run away from the truth, and soon sets out for the Orthodox Jewish community in London where she grew up.
Back for the first time in years, Ronit can feel the disapproving eyes of the community. Especially those of her beloved cousin, Dovid, her father's favorite student and now an admired rabbi himself, and Esti, who was once her only ally in youthful rebelliousness. Now Esti is married to Dovid, and Ronit is shocked by how different they both seem, and how much greater the gulf between them is.
But when old flames reignite and the shocking truth about Ronit and Esti's relationship is revealed, the past and present converge in this award-winning and critically acclaimed novel about the universality of love and faith, and the strength and sacrifice it takes to fight for what you believe in--even when it means disobedience.
Praise For Disobedience…
"An accomplished and absorbing debut." -- Times Literary Supplement
"A wonderful novel. The real wonder is Alderman's capacity for original thinking.... Orthodoxy absolutely glows out of the pages of Disobedience, as rich and fresh and fascinating as this lovely novel itself." -- The Sunday Times (UK)
"Accomplished...Like Monica Ali's Brick Lane, Disobedience is a debut with anthropological appeal, offering a glimpse of a closeted and surprisingly English nook of British society. Alderman has a bold comic touch." -- The Observer
"Move over, Zadie Smith." -- Elle (UK)
"Fascinating...a meditation on faith, belonging, and self-emancipation." -- The Guardian
"Disobedience captures its characters and their world with affection, irony, and conviction.... Alderman writes with authority about the conflicting pulls of religious and secular desire and the difficulties of growing up, crafting an original, deft, and remarkably appealing debut." -- Daily Mail