Eve Harris’ rich tale about the semi-arranged marriage of two young Jews in London mixes humour with pathos and adds a dash of rebellion.

Twenty-year-old Baruch Levy fell for Chani Kaufman when he glimpsed her in the women’s section at a wedding. Nineteen-year-old Chani has never had physical contact with Baruch, but is bound to marry the stranger. Rivka, the rabbi’s wife, teaches Chani what it means to be a Jewish wife, but Rivka has her own past to think about. Eventually, buried secrets, fear and sexual desire bubble to the surface in this story of liberation and choice.

Longlisted
The Man Booker Prize 2013
Published by
Sandstone Press
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