I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits

Published by Hogarth, May 2012 ***

I had high expectations for this book, and the topic seemed really intriguing, but it didn’t keep my interest.  The first third of the book was great, then the narrative became fragmentary and disjointed.  Though this was an undeniably intimate glimpse into Hasidic life, I couldn’t connect with the characters, especially Mila in her desperation to have a child.  Their strict adherence to Jewish laws makes them feel distant to one another and to the reader.  This extreme devotion to their faith only curses future generations and leads to tragedy.  Though this was a detailed portrayal of the Hasidic community, I felt the story fell short because of the style of the writing.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program.

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