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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (720 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pearl Abraham Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Filled with laughter and tears, author Pearl Abraham's moving novel takes you behind the mysterious, closed doors of a Chassidic Jewish community in New York state. The Romance Reader is her absorbing tale of a headstrong, teenaged girl attempting to live in two worlds: one traditional, one modern. Since Rachel is the rabbi's oldest child, everyone expects her to set a proper example for other young believers. But at night, after everyone is in bed, she hungrily reads books - forbidden books about romance and contemporary women. She wonders if the life she reads about in those pages actually exists. Do beautiful, daring women really travel alone? Can they choose their own gallant, broad-shouldered husbands? Soon Rachel's search for answers clashes with the restrictive world she knows only too well. Having grown up in a Chassidic family enables Pearl Abraham to write with poignancy and authority about this intriguing, ultra-Orthodox lifestyle. Her sensitive story earned a chorus of praise from reviewers, and Library Journal named it a Best Book. With Suzanne Toren's compelling narration, Rachel will become your friend, and you won't want to say good-by.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Geraldine | 2/11/2014

    " Meh. Strictly okay from a literary standpoint, but interesting from a sociological one. I can see how people from a similar background would really dig it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marvin | 2/8/2014

    " A bitter coming-of-age story set in a Chasidic Jewish family in NYC. There's little to identify with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kortney | 1/30/2014

    " There was a lot of things to learn from this book , about the religion & believes . But, I didn't like the way it ended . I would have liked to know more about how she got the divorce, what she later did with her life, & etc. ~ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gina | 1/24/2014

    " This was an intriguing look into the life of a girl raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Fascinating on many levels and one is pulled in in anticipation of what direction Rachel will follow. Not the ending that I hoped for, but a good read nonetheless. "

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