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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (563 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Naomi Alderman Narrator: Roe Kendall Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For Ronit Krushka, 32, single and living on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Orthodox Judaism is a suffocating culture she fled long ago. But when she learns of the death of her estranged father, the preeminent rabbi of the London Orthodox Jewish community in which she was raised, she leaves behind her Friday-night takeout, her troublesome romance, and her boisterous circle of friends to return home. Her dual mission there is to mourn her father and to collect a single heirloom of her mother's. But as she reconnects with old acquaintances and the traditional ebb and flow of the community, Ronit becomes more than a stranger in her old home: she becomes a threat.

Set at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, Disobedience explores a devout and closed world to discover the importance of moving on - and what we lose when we do.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Simi | 2/15/2014

    " I loved the subject matter and really could relate with it; there were some beautiful passages and some real deep thought on the modern day world and religion from the olden days and how the two coincide. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tania | 2/13/2014

    " It's been a long time since I was so utterly gripped by a novel that I eschewed other activites (web browsing etc...) just to finish the book. But this book was one of those. I found it extremely moving, beautifully read, perfectly structured with its weaving between first person and third, between each of the three main characters. It paints a picture of a specific community but its reach is far wider, into the nature of love, identity, family, home, faith. It is one of the most deserving winners of a book award I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by pam | 2/6/2014

    " Incredible and spellbinding story. It took me into the world of orthodox Jews in England, seen from the point of view of a young woman who leaves her community in England, with its strict codes of behavior, and goes off to live as a "liberated" woman in New York. But she has severe problems dealing with her identity and, as if being a female orthodox Jew were not enough, she is also running away from an adolescent lesbian affair. When her father dies in England, she is forced to face the people she fled years ago, and to forge her own identity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brian | 2/4/2014

    " Set amid the Orthodox Jewish community of Hendon, North London, it tells of the aftermath of the death of a beloved and revered Rabbi and the return of his wayward, sexually unorthodox daughter. It's wickedly funny, inventive and nicely crafted, using a range of narrative voices. The characters are strongly drawn, the dynamics of a small community well observed and the central theme - the way that cultural identity is both hugely enriching and intensely claustrophobic - is discussed with humour and intelligence. "

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About the Author
Author Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman, born in 1974, was brought up in the Orthodox Jewish community in Hendon, London, where she now lives. A graduate of Oxford and the University of East Anglia’s writing program, she is the recipient of the Asham Award.