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Joy Comes in the Morning Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.73 (185 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Rosen Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Deborah Green is a woman of passionate contradictions, a rabbi struggling with her own doubts and desires. Her life changes when she visits the hospital room of Henry Friedman, an older man who has attempted suicide. His parents were murdered in the Holocaust when he was a child, and all his life he has struggled with painful questions. Can happiness come after such loss, or does the very wish profane the dead? Can religious promises ever be fulfilled?

Deborah’s encounter with Henry draws her into his world, which includes his wife, Helen, a photographer fiercely devoted to her husband but frightened by him, too; his son, Lev, a science reporter who left his fiancée at the altar; and Lev’s best friend from childhood, Neal, whose life fell apart after a psychotic break. As Deborah and Lev fall in love, they strive to bind themselves to something sacred in the midst of modern chaos.

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  • “Beautiful...[Joy Comes in the Morning] fills the reader with happiness at the most unexpected moments. Mr. Rosen leads the reader through his characters emotions with old-fashioned assurance, and his dual mastery of sincere religiosity and searing embarrassment promises an explosive future for the family romance.”

    New York Sun

  • “Offers a rare and vibrant portrait of a contemporary Rabbi.”  

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Exquisitely attuned to the vagaries of the inner self and the richness of Jewish spirituality, Rosen has created a marvelously accessible and touching novel that is at once profoundly philosophical and simply radiant.”


  • “Lorna Raver is a marvelous performer whose depth and ability to reveal character transform a beautifully written novel about a loving family into a rare listening experience. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Peggy Hess Greenawalt | 11/23/2013

    " We usde this in a book club...good discussion book and an interesting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Karol | 10/8/2013

    " Enjoyable look at family within the Jewish faith - and those who are still seeking to understand it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Courtney | 9/18/2013

    " Interesting looking into Jewish heritage and culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Suzanne | 7/10/2013

    " Pretty good book. Really enjoyed reading it. "

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About the Author

Jonathan Rosen is the author of The Talmud and the Internet and Eve’s Apple. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, and American Scholar.

About the Narrator

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie nominations and AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.