The Romance Reader
2 journalers for this copy...
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.
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.
I am bringing this to release tonight at the meetup.