The Book of Separation

The Book of Separation

A Memoir

Book - 2017
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Born and raised in a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish family, Mirvis committed herself to observing the rules and rituals: to observe was to be accepted and to be accepted was to be loved. She married a man from within the fold and quickly began a family. Her doubts became noisier than her faith, and it became a suffocating existence. Leaving her husband and her faith, Mirvis set out to discover what she does believe and who she really is.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781328477873
1328477878
9780544520523
0544520521
Characteristics: 302 pages ; 22 cm

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KSpaulding
Jul 28, 2018

Tova Mirvis is an accomplished novelist, whose writings have appeared in many famous publications. She was also a member of the Modern Orthodox Jewish community for most of her life. In her memoir, Mirvis outlines the heartbreaking choices she faced in her struggle to live a truthful, good, authentic, and considered life. She describes the fear of not living up to not only familial expectations, but the requirements laid out by the community and religion she belonged to. Walking away from the rules and structure of this belief system felt like walking away from her very identity and worth as a person. It is brave to know one's own mind, even more so to declare independence for oneself. Well-written, even-handed, honest; I admired Mirvis for her empathy and insight towards all aspects of the story.

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singasong70
Apr 26, 2018

The Orthodox, Catholics, and Muslims should get together b/c they have the same religion: be "good" enough and maybe God will love you. Not to mention Orthodox as re this author anyway, view Messiah as one who will institute yet more rules to live by instead of freeing you from "rules" under which you're laboring now, or does anybody else have a different read on this? Males a bit passive I thought, except rabbis.

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bibliovore
Nov 16, 2017

Mirvis' memoir, centering on her divorce and separation from Orthodoxy, is clear-eyed and soul-baring. Maintaining a novelist's sensibility for storytelling, she opens herself as a character readers can relate to, even if their own path is very different. Highly recommended.

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