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Hush [Paperback]

Eishes Chayil
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Book Description

8 Nov 2012

Inside the closed community of Borough Park, where most Chassidim live, the rules of life are determined by an ancient script written thousands of years before-and abuse has never been a part of it. But when thirteenyear- 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 convince Gittel, and themselves, that nothing happened. Forced to remain silent, Gittel begins to question everything she was raised to believe.

A nuanced exploration of a complex world, one of both humor and depth, understanding and horror, this story illuminates the conflict between yesterday's traditions and today's reality

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; Reprint edition (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802723322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802723321
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Morris Award Honor Winner

A Sidney Taylor Award Winner

This painful, respectful story of redemption is well worth delving into Yiddish-laden prose. (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

This thoughtful, disturbing, and insightful novel provides an insider's view of an insular society. (School Library Journal)

Emotionally riveting. . . The charm of Gittel's narration stems from her mix of respect for her community's traditions and the humor that arises from a child trying to make sense of her world. (Jennifer M. Brown, Shelf Awareness)

I couldn't put Hush down. Gripping, fascinating and poignant, the book is bravely written. ...An extremely well-crafted story that keeps you turning pages. (

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The widely acclaimed coming-of-age novel that offers compassion and hope

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hush - an eye opener 24 Dec 2012
Read this for book club and I was really moved by it. The story of sexual abuse in a Chasidic Jewish Community. Told through child's voices - a true story I believe - you could tell what was going on as an adult and really felt for the characters involved. The 'life goes on' aspect of the narrator growing up and getting married herself and therefore understanding a bit more about what sex is, and through that coming to terms with the loss of her friend was, in my humble opinion, expertly achieved. I am told that there are many other books out there on this theme, but this was enough for me. Well written, and the message received loud and clear. It will stay with me for some time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sobering 9 Aug 2013
By Archer
Seen through the eyes of a young Orthodox girl, life in the Orthodox community with her loving family and devilish best friend, was dreamily pleasant. While some things seem strange to the reader, it all had its own internal logic. As she gets older,things start to change, and she gets insight into the darker side of living in such a cloistered world. The horror of what happens is worsened by the absolute unwillingness of the adults to 'hear' her.
I found the ending a bit hard to believe, things wrapped up a bit too easily. I was also quite intrigued with her husband, introduced towards the end, and was disappointed that he ended up such a minor character.
It is a quick read, leaving the with some insight into both the beauty and dark side of that community.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book!!! 14 July 2013
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An amazing book about a strictly taboo subject in such religious surroundings. I admire the author's courage in writing it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hush 20 July 2013
By De De
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An interesting book- I always knew the Haredim way of life was poles away from my " orthodox" upbringing. The book brings this home in a big way. I am not sure of its appeal to a non Jewish reader. It could appear far fetched and fabricated when this is not the case. However it might provoke people to explore the Jewish people and the different levels of orthodoxy within the religion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hush 20 April 2014
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An amazing story, well told and with true humanity. What a brave young lady to expose the situation to such a secular group of society and how wonderful to be supported by her husband who had the same type if upbringing and had known her for such a short time.

Let's hope that people will open their eyes and those who abuse will be brought to justice.
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Having worked as a health visitor and nurse in an orthodox community in the north of England for many years, I wish I had read this book beforehand it would have given me a better understanding, many times I have felt insulted at the way I as a gentle was treated by them, I now realize their indoctrination means they can not help it. A very good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative 18 Dec 2013
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Such an interesting book and also sad. Would recommend it to people interested in how religious Jews live. Good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very emotional story 8 Dec 2013
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Heart wrenching story at times and I felt that I so wanted someone, anyone to report the dreadful incidents but as with these things there is a cloak of secrecy and people turn a blind eye as they do not want to get involved
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