Join author Naomi Ragen for the book launch of her latest novel.
She will be talking about the genesis of this book, and how it relates to her other books and her life, especially her activities concerning women’s rights in the Orthodox world. She will then read a short passage from the book and take questions from the audience. She will be available to sign copies of your book while you are enjoying a drink.
About the book
In 1950’s Brooklyn, sisters Rose and Pearl Weiss grow up in a loving but strict ultra-Orthodox family, never dreaming of defying their parents or their community’s unbending and intrusive strictures. Then, a chance meeting with a young French immigrant turns Rose’s world upside down, its once bearable demands suddenly tightening like a noose around her neck. Defiantly, she begins to live a secret life that shocks her family when it is discovered. Out of guilt and an overwhelming desire to be reconciled with those she loves, she agrees to an arranged marriage. But the night before the wedding, she commits an act so unforgivable it will exile her forever from her innocent young sister, her family and all she has ever known.
Forty years later, pious Pearl’s sheltered young daughter Rivka suddenly discovers the truth about the family outcast, her Aunt Rose, now a successful photographer. Inspired, but naïve and reckless, she sets off on a dangerous adventure that will stir up the ghosts of the past and alter the future in unimaginable ways for all involved.
Naomi Ragen is an award-winning American-born novelist, playwright and journalist who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. The author of nine international bestsellers, with the Sisters Weiss Naomi continues her ground-breaking exploration of women in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish world she began in 1989 with Jepthe’s Daugther, followed by Sotah and The Sacrifice of Tamar. An Orthodox woman, feminist and iconoclast, she is a tireless advocate for women's rights in Israel, waging a relentless campaign against domestic abuse and bias in rabbinical courts, as well as a successful Supreme Court case against gender segregation on Israeli buses.