Inside the closed community of Borough Park, where most Chassidim live, the rules of life are very clear, determined by an ancient script written thousands of years before down to the last detail—and abuse has never been a part of it. But when thirteen-year-old Gittel learns of the abuse her best... show more
Inside the closed community of Borough Park, where most Chassidim live, the rules of life are very clear, determined by an ancient script written thousands of years before down to the last detail—and abuse has never been a part of it. But when thirteen-year-old Gittel learns of the abuse her best friend has suffered at the hands of her own family member, the adults in her community try to persuade Gittel, and themselves, that nothing happened. Forced to remain silent, Gittel begins to question everything she was raised to believe.A richly detailed and nuanced book, one of both humor and depth, understanding and horror, this story explains a complex world that remains an echo of its past, and illuminates the conflict between yesterday's traditions and today's reality.
Publish date: September 14th 2010
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
This book just didn't work for me. The first half was excrutiatingly slow, told in an alternating timeline of the narrator at 9 years old and at 17 years old. There was such an information dump about Hasidic history and culture in the first part of the book that it felt disjointed and unfocused an...
Hush is presented as a fictionalization that combines several incidents from the author's childhood. While the book attempts to shed light on the culture of secrecy within certain Orthodox Jewish communities, and to expose that human evils such as incest and rape do occur within their carefully shel...
This was a good, if painful book, that brought out a myriad of emotions; Frustration, anxiety, sadness, as it explored themes of abuse, guilt, anger and fear in a strict religious environment.It was a bit difficult in the beginning as their are alot of Jewish terms, but it is definitely worth stick...
It took me about 3 times longer to read this book than it should have taken, not because of the book just because I have not had more than 20 minutes to read in any given day for the past week. I feel a little like I did when I gave a not-so-glowing review to The Secret Holocaust Diaries that is th...
1.99 9/2/12 has anyone read this yet