The Migdal Chapter of Hadassah at North Shore Towers presents…
Hadassah Book Club discussion of “The
Marrying of Chani Kaufman” by Eve Harris
HERE’S WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT “THE
MARRYING OF CHANI KAUFMAN” BY EVE HARRIS
“Not just love and tradition, but rules and expectations
shape the relationships of two couples from an
ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, in a British novelist’s
engaging debut…Harris’ simple, sympathetic,
sometimes-comic portrait of a tight-knit world gently
illuminates its anxieties and tensions… A readable,
compassionate portrait of roles, especially women’s,
in a Haredi community…”
“This Booker-shortlisted novel
engages from the very first page, slipping
the reader deep into the orthodox
Jewish community, beyond the
rituals and prayers, the constraints
and the hair-covering wigs, into
the secrets and emotions beneath,
illuminating the story of Chani’s
journey from schoolgirl to bride and
revealing the lives of others around her
besides. This novel is beautifully done and
The Migdal/Hadassah Book Club will
meet on Wednesday, May 23, at 2 p.m.
in the Coleridge Lounge, Arcade Building
#3, to discuss “The Marrying of Chani
Kaufman,” the debut novel by Eve Harris.
The discussion of this intriguing, surprising,
longlisted Man Booker Prize book will be led
by Bern Rosenthal and Arlene Augenbraun.
Harris’ novel examines the complex issues
of family values, marriage and individuality
found within the confines of an Ultra-
Orthodox Jewish community in a suburb of
London. Focusing on the soon to be wed
young couple, Chani and Baruch, and the
Rabbi’s wife, Rivka Zilberman, the author artfully
reveals the many secrets and frustrations
hidden within this closed religious group.
“The Marrying of Chani Kaufman” is available
in paperback and on Kindle. All are
welcome to attend.
Wednesday, May 23, at 2 p.m.
Coleridge Lounge, in the Arcade of
Book Club meeting
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