The ultimate fish-out-of-water tale
A child who never quite fit in, Rebecca Dana worshipped at the altar of
Truman Capote and Nora Ephron, dreaming of one day ditching Pittsburgh and
moving to New York, her Jerusalem. After graduating from college, she made her
way to the city to begin her destiny. For a time, life turned out exactly as
she’d planned: glamorous parties; beautiful people; the perfect job, apartment,
and man. But when it all came crashing down, she found herself catapulted into
another world. She moves into Brooklyn’s enormous Lubavitch community and lives
with Cosmo, a thirty-year-old Russian rabbi who practices jujitsu on the side.
While Cosmo, disenchanted with Orthodoxy, flirts with leaving the
community, Rebecca faces the fact that her religion—the books, magazines, TV
shows, and movies that made New York seem like salvation—has also failed her.
As she shuttles between the world of religious extremism and the world of
secular excess, Rebecca goes on a search for meaning.
observant, entertaining as hell, a mix of Shalom Auslander and The Odd
Couple, Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde is a
thought-provoking coming-of-age story for the twenty-first century.
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