Tamar Finegold is twenty-one years old, the happy, beautiful bride of a rising young Rabbi in one of Brooklyn’s insulated, ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities. Having married the man of her dreams and taken her place as a wife—and hopefully soon-to-be mother—in her community, Tamar feels as though the world is at her feet. But her secure, predictable existence is brought to an abrupt end when she is raped by an intruder. Fearing the unbearable stigma and threat to her marriage that could result from telling the truth, Tamar makes a fateful decision that changes her life forever. Her feeling that she did the only thing she could under the circumstances explodes when years later a shocking, undreamed of turn of events finally forces her to confront her past, once and for all.
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“A compelling and heartbreaking novel. Devastating, electric and illuminating, it held me, moved me, and gave me insight into a mysterious and demanding way of life.”
Iris Rainer Dart, New York Times bestselling author of Beaches
“A complex and moving story with a deft touch as Tamar’s outwardly perfect life must finally be reconciled with her long-kept secret.”
“[Ragen’s] fluid writing and fascinating descriptions of an exotic community will make this an attractive title.”
“A fascinating glimpse into a little-known world.”
Jacqueline Briskin, author of The Naked Heart