Jerusalem Maiden

Jerusalem Maiden

Book - 2011
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But when a surprising opportunity forces itself on to her preordained path, Esther finds her beliefs clashing dangerously with the passions she has staved off her entire life forcing her to confront the most difficult and damning question of all. To whom must she be true, God or herself?
In the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, a young Orthodox Jewish woman in the holy city of Jerusalem is expected to marry and produce many sons to help hasten the Messiah's arrival. While the feisty Esther Kaminsky understands her obligations, her artistic talent inspires her to secretly explore worlds outside her religion, to dream of studying in Paris and to believe that God has a special destiny for her. When tragedy strikes her family, Esther views it as a warning from an angry God and suppresses her desires in order to become an obedient "Jerusalem maiden."
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Paperbacks, 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062004376
0062004379
Branch Call Number: FICTION CARNE...T
Characteristics: 447 pages

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Sep 22, 2016

Interesting insight in to the life of Orthodox Jewish women and what they face in following their hearts and religion at the same time. A well written tale that is both beautiful and so very sad.

vsharv34 Dec 27, 2012

My new favorite book!! Months after I read it, I still can't stop thinking about all the choices Esther had to make and what they all lead to.

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