The central characters in this novel work well and realistically drawn. Dovid, Esti, and the main character heroine Ronit. I am not sure that the same can be said of the more marginal characters in the story. I also find the stylistic device of moving between a first and third person narration a little off putting at first. All that said I was soon caught up in the dram and tension of the three main protagonist and their enclosed world of Orthodox North London (in this case Hendon). The story centers around an event that happened in the lives of Dovid, Esti and Ronit when they were younger and how this will play out with their adult selves on Ronit's return. Once into the story I really want to devour the book to know what would come next. But at the same time felt move by and for the main characters.
Each chapter starts with a couple of quotations from the Jewish tradition, and despite the controversy the book caused when it was published it is a very positive and Jewish story. For I while I went though a stage of giving it to a number of friends as present. So I would really recommend it.
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