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“While still maintaining her great warmth for characters, The Covenant is as suspenseful as a Mary Higgins Clark as you worry about the fate of characters hour by hour, minute by minute. The Covenant brings the headlines heartbreakingly home and redefines the unlimited boundaries of lifelong friendship.” Gay Courter, author of The Midwife and Code Ezra
“A thrilling page turning from start to finish, Naomi Ragen's The Covenant is not only a mesmerizing tale with fine drawn characters, it is a story of truth and integrity, a multi-generational novel love, friendship and duty. This is a MUST READ book. It is Naomi Ragen at her finest hour.” Faye Kellerman, author of Street Dreams
“Naomi Ragen's books are always compulsively readable, and The Covenant is no exception. An emotionally-charged and engrossing book, The Covenant is a tribute to the power of friendship and the strength of love in the face of evil.” India Edghill, author of Wisdom's Daughter: A Novel of Solomon and Sheba
author of Wisdom's Daughter: A Novel of Solom India Edghill
Naomi Ragen's books are always compulsively readable, and The Covenant is no exception. An emotionally-charged and engrossing book, The Covenant is a tribute to the power of friendship and the strength of love in the face of evil.
Ragen, an American writer who's lived in Israel for more than 30 years, blends tragedies of the past with headline news of today in her gripping, emotionally charged sixth novel. It's 2002, and the Margulies family-oncologist Jonathan; his pregnant, American-born wife, Elise; and their daughter, Ilana-are contentedly living in a Jerusalem settlement, until one day, on their way home, Jonathan and Ilana are kidnapped by Hamas. Elise's frantic call to her Bubbee Leah in Brooklyn reunites four women-now grandmas and great-grandmas-who, as girls, made the titular covenant: if they survived Auschwitz, they would become "one person, risking everything, giving everything, to help each other live in happiness all the days of our lives." Leah gathers up fellow New Yorker Esther, now a cosmetics millionaire; Paris nightclub owner Ariana; and Polish political activist Maria to help find the kidnap victims. It's a race against time, as the women wield their considerable influence and the Israeli army desperately tries to intercede with the kidnappers before the captives are killed. Ragen weaves in deeper, more serious undertones than the thriller plot suggests, touching on the stubborn pride and the serious purpose that keeps Israelis fighting (or, in some cases, not fighting) for their fragile country, "the land that God promised to the Jewish people in his Covenant to Abraham." Agent, Lisa Bankoff. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Auschwitz, 1943. Four women-Leah, Esther, Maria, and Ariana-make a covenant, vowing to protect and help one another for life, if only God will allow them to survive. Fast-forward to 2002, and Leah's granddaughter Elise is living in Israel with her husband, Jonathan, and daughter Ilana. What starts out as an ordinary day for Jonathan, a cancer specialist, becomes a nightmare as he and his young daughter are taken hostage by Arab militants, who threaten to kill them unless their demands are met. Desperate, Elise calls her grandmother for help, and the covenant is renewed. What follows are five days of suspense, terror, and hope as the four women reunite to help a loved one. Ragen, a well-known author of Jewish fiction (e.g., The Sacrifice of Tamar), has written a fast-paced thriller that eerily echoes reality. She deftly puts a face on terrorism, which will leave an impression on every reader. Recommended for all public libraries, especially those with a large Jewish population.-Marika Zemke, West Bloomfield Twp. P.L., MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.