The Romance Reader

by Pearl Abraham | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1573225487 Global Overview for this book
Registered by bayouposte of Bossier City, Louisiana USA on 3/16/2003
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Journal Entry 1 by bayouposte from Bossier City, Louisiana USA on Sunday, March 16, 2003
Rachel Benjamen, an intelligent and daring daughter of a Hasidic rabbi, must come to grips with the restrictions placed on the women in her family and community.

She breaks the rules and, through forbidden novels, comes to yearn for a world where she can be herself. She struggles with a love/hate relationship with her parents throughout her adolescence, but is gradually growing stronger in her sense of self.

Pearl Abraham, the author of this lovely novel, was also raised in a Hasidic community and teaches writing at New York University.

My only complaint is that I wanted to know more about Rachel. Personally believe she rates another book.

Journal Entry 2 by bayouposte from Bossier City, Louisiana USA on Monday, March 17, 2003
On its way to Tamarabk in Everette, WA.

Journal Entry 3 by tamarabk from Lynnwood, Washington USA on Friday, March 21, 2003
I was suprised to receive this book so quickly!! Bayouposte says I'll like this one so I am really looking forward to reading it - thanks for thinking of me!!

Journal Entry 4 by tamarabk from Lynnwood, Washington USA on Monday, March 31, 2003
This was an interesting coming of age tale about a young woman, the daughter of a Hasidic rabbi, growing up in a conservative Orthodox Judiac community.
This was a glimpse into a world most of us are not privy to. A world of arranged marriages - where library cards are forbidden and young girls are expected to lifeguard in a dress, rather than suffer the immodesty of a bathing suit. As she gets older, these restrictions weigh on Rachel more and more and she begins to long for and imagine a different life.
My favorite part of the book was a delightful scene where a young and nervous Rachel sneaks behind her parents' back to try to obtain a library card.
An enjoyable book and a quick read- reccomended.

Journal Entry 5 by tamarabk at Uptown Espresso on 4th and Wall in Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Released on Tuesday, April 08, 2003 at Uptown Espresso on 4th and Wall in Seattle, Washington USA.

I am bringing this to release tonight at the meetup.

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