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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judy Brown Narrator: Sarah Rose Humphrey Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9781478952459
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A razor-sharp, hilarious, and poignant memoir about growing up in the closed world of the ultraorthodox Jewish community. The third of six children in a family that harks back to a gloried Hassidic dynasty, Judy Brown grew up with the legacy of centuries of religious teaching, and the faith and lore that sustained her people for generations. But her carefully constructed world begins to crumble when her “crazy” brother Nachum returns home after a year in Israel living with relatives. Though supposedly “cured,” he is still prone to retreating into his own mind or erupting in wordless rages. The adults’ inability to make him better—or even to give his affliction a name—forces Judy to ask larger questions: If God could perform miracles for her sainted ancestors, why can’t he cure Nachum? And what of the other stories her family treasured? Judy starts to negotiate with God, swinging from holy tenets to absurdly hilarious conclusions faster than a Talmudic scholar: she goes on a fast to nab coveted earrings; she fights with her siblings at the dinner table for the ultimate badge of honor (“Who will survive the next Holocaust?”); and she adamantly defends her family’s reputation when, scandalously, her parents are accused of having fallen in love—which is absolutely not what pious people do. For all its brutal honesty about this insular community, This Is Not a Love Story is ultimately a story of a family like so many others, whose fierce love for each other and devotion to their faith pulled them through the darkest time in their lives.

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  • “Vividly capturing the voice of her younger self, Brown portrays an ultra-orthodox Jewish community marked by piety, prejudice, and superstition, and her loving family roiled by the mystifying, often terrifying, affliction of her younger brother…A tender story gently told.”

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  • “I love books about families and this one is so warm and funny that I couldn’t put it down…This Is Not a Love Story actually is one.”

    Nina Stibbe, author of Man at the Helm

  • “An instant classic…With echoes of Scout Finch, the feisty Menuchah guides readers on an unforgettable journey of love, justice, and compassion.”

    Leah Vincent, author of Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood

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About the Author

Judy Brown wrote the controversial novel Hush—a finalist for the 2011 Sydney Taylor Award for outstanding books on the Jewish experience—under a pseudonym because of feared backlash from the Hassidic world. Judy’s identity has since been revealed and she has left Hassidism. She has been profiled in New York Times Magazine and has written for the Huffington Post and the Jewish Forward. She holds a master’s in creative writing and lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Sarah Rose Humphrey graduated with a BFA in drama from the Julliard School of Music. She is a musical theater singer, actor, and classically trained opera singer.