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I Am Forbidden [Paperback]

Anouk Markovits
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Review

"A strong and compelling human story" (Richard Jaffa Birmingham Jewish Recorder)

"Elegant, enthralling" (New York Times)

"Luminously beautiful" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Stunning" (The New Yorker)

"Takes us into the heart of the Hasidic community in New York, where two Hungarian-Romanian Jewish children orphaned during the barbarity of the Second World War are set to begin new lives" (Elmore Leonard Glasgow Sunday Herald)

Book Description

An extraordinary literary debut about three generations of women that takes us from pre-World War Two Transylvania via Paris and England to present-day New York. The prose and historical context matches Suite Francaise and The Tiger's Wife

From the Inside Flap

Sisters Atara and Mila were born at the onset of the Second World War into a deeply insular, ultra-orthodox Jewish sect. As the girls grow up, Mila finds she is content to live within the constraints and familiarity of the world she's always known, but Atara is consumed by questions - about arranged marriage, the education of girls, the circumstances surrounding the escape of the sect's leader during the war.

Finally forced apart by the rules of the community, the two women are brought together again when a family secret threatens to make pariahs of them all.

I Am Forbidden is a powerful portrayal of sisters, family, faith and history which sweeps the reader from pre-war Transylvania to present-day New York, via Paris and England. Immersive, beautiful, moving, it exposes in devastating detail what happens when unwavering love, unyielding law and centuries of tradition collide.

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‘The wonder of this elegant, enthralling novel is the beauty Ms. Markovits unearths in the Hasidic community she takes us into … I Am Forbidden whips by . . . steadily cast with complicated, thoughtful characters’ New York Times

I Am Forbidden is a powerful portrayal of family, faith and history which sweeps the reader across continents and generations, from pre-war Transylvania to present-day New York, via Paris and England. Immersive, beautiful, moving, it explores in devastating detail what happens when unwavering love, unyielding law and centuries of tradition collide.

‘Stunning’

New Yorker

About the Author

Anouk Markovits grew up in France, in an ultra-orthodox Satmar home. She attended a religious seminary in England instead of high school. She left home at the age of nineteen to avoid an arranged marriage. Markovits is the author of I Am Forbidden, which the New York Times described as an “elegant, enthralling novel” and which the Sunday Telegraph of London praised for “luminously beautiful prose.” The book was selected by Random House to re-launch its Hogarth imprint, originally founded in 1917 by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Translations of I Am Forbidden are forthcoming in a dozen countries. Markovits’s first novel, Pur Coton, written in French, was published by Gallimard.
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