“The Red Tent” meets “A Thousand Splendid Suns.”
In 1911, in the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem under the backward Ottoman rule, a young woman sets out to challenge God.
The feisty Esther’s life-long struggle between her passions and her strict society’s religious dictates sends her to secretly explore worlds outside her religion, city and the Holy Land. It hurls her away from her husband and children into the seductive world of avant-garde art and the allure of the one man forbidden to her-- until she faces the bitter question of whether it is ever possible to reconcile her quest for individuality with the demands of her faith.
* An excerpt, "The Maiden and the Messiah," won the Editor's Choice Award in The New best Writing 2011 anthology.
* --And named second-place (tie) winner in the Eric Hoffer Short Prose Award.
* --Then nominated to the prestigious Pushcart Prize 2011
* The manuscript was named semi-finalist in Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award--out of 10,000 entries!
Publishers' Weekly early review: "The author draws upon meticulous research to paint a picture of a cloistered community that is both immersive and accessible to outsiders. With an exceptional handle on both place and time, the author lets readers into a foreign world through the eyes of a marvelously human heroine.... This heartbreaking work could be enjoyed by many readers.