Jerusalem Maiden: A Novel
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... show more
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." 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?
Publish date: 2011-05-31
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, 20th Century
Esther Kaminsky is a young Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) girl growing up in Jerusalem in the final years of the Ottoman Empire. Allowed by her indulgent father to attend a secular school, she discovers that she has artistic talent, but her strict religious training defines the drawings and paintings she l...
Kind of boring, kind of by the numbers story about Esther, an ultra-Orthodox girl rebelling against her strict religious upbringing. It's ok if you like light historical fiction; fans of RASHI'S DAUGHTERS would enjoy it though I didn't like it anywhere near as much as those books. It wasn't interest...
I recently read an ARC copy of Jerusalem Maiden. It tells the story of Esther, born into a very Orthodox Jewish community in Israel in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire. Growing up in poverty, she is taught that as a Jewish girl in the Holy City, it is her role and responsibility to marry an Or...
Having just finished this book, I'm still flailing (internally) and sort of waving my arms because I'm so caught up in the bittersweet ending and the story of the characters. This was a beautiful, moving novel.The setting of this book was wholly alien to me and yet Carner's writing and brilliantly c...