I Am Forbidden (Paperback)

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ITEM#: 14737744

ANOUK MARKOVITS grew up in France, in an ultra-orthodox Satmar home. She attended a religious seminary in England instead of high school, and left the fold at the age of nineteen to avoid an arranged marriage. She went on to receive a bachelor of science from Columbia University, a master of architecture from Harvard, and a PhD in Romance Studies from Cornell. Translations ofI am Forbidden are forthcoming in a dozen countries. Markovits's first novel,Pur Coton, written in French, was published by Gallimard.

A family is torn apart by fierce belief and private longing in this unprecedented journey deep inside the most insular sect of Hasidic Jews, the Satmar.

In 1939, five-year-old Josef witnesses the murder of his family by the Romanian Iron Guard. He is taken in by a Gentile maid, who raises him as her own son. Five years later, Josef rescues a young girl, Mila, whose parents are killed in the wake of Nazi deportations. Josef helps Mila find safety with Zalman Stern, a leader in the Satmar community, in whose home Mila is raised as a sister to Zalman’s daughter, Atara. The two girls form a fierce bond, but as they mature, Atara feels trapped by the restraints of Jewish fundamentalism, while Mila embraces her faith and her role as a respected young woman in her community. When Josef returns and chooses Mila to be his bride, she eagerly strives to be an ideal wife, but a desperate choice after ten years of childless marriage threatens to separate her from everything—and everyone—she cherishes.

Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content

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ISBN 9780307984746
Genre FICTION / Jewish
Format Paperback
Pages 320
Publisher Date 2013-02-26 00:00:00.0
Publisher Hogarth Pr
Copyright Year 2013
Height 8.25 in
Wdth 5.75 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 0.7 lb
Language English
Edition Detail Reprint
Audience General/trade
Authors Markovits, Anouk
Country of Origin United States

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