Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Book Review: Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman


Read for book club (7/2011). I enjoyed this novel and felt that I learned a bit as well. It was interesting to see how a tight-knit group of Orthodox Jews related to each other in this summer vacation setting. The question of allegiance to a particular rabbi and the struggle to remain a good and faithful woman to this group while yearning for a small gesture of independence and something to have as her own was really touching (a store). Despite having zero in common with Elizabeth Shulman, I could still identify with her and felt that I could understand her, which to me, shows that the author wrote quite well. There is also a bit of revelation to be had here about small-town life and how "summer people," no matter how good they are, will never be totally welcomed by the locals.

And so it goes...
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