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Loving Kindness
     

Loving Kindness

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by Anne Roiphe
 

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From the acclaimed author of "Fruitful" comes a novel of the love between a mother and daughter. Annie Johnson has worked hard to raise her daughter, Andrea. She is shocked, therefore, when 22-year-old Andrea calls from Israel and announces that she has joined an extreme right-wing Orthodox Jewish group and will be seeking an arranged marriage.

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From the acclaimed author of "Fruitful" comes a novel of the love between a mother and daughter. Annie Johnson has worked hard to raise her daughter, Andrea. She is shocked, therefore, when 22-year-old Andrea calls from Israel and announces that she has joined an extreme right-wing Orthodox Jewish group and will be seeking an arranged marriage.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Roiphe's (Up the Sandbox) intriguing new novel takes on the issues of religious fundamentalism, parent-child relationships, feminism and other challenges of contemporary life. Narrator and single parent Annie Johnson is a political scientist and teacher, and an assimilated Jew. She is appalled when her alienated, rebellious daughter decides to live in the narrow community of an Israeli orthodox yeshiva, which to Annie represents regression and fanaticism. In the sanctuary of the Bruria Yeshiva, Andrea claims to have found spiritual peace and a direction for her life, even to the point of accepting an arranged marriage. Annie, who is of a generation that looks to psychiatrists rather than to God for answers, and whose aspirations for her daughter stressed intellectual accomplishment and independence, is forced to examine her own cherished beliefs and values. She is helped in this search by a series of dreams in which an old rabbi poses symbolic riddles. Though initially effective, the dream device is overworked and the narrative is robbed of momentum. In other respects, however, the story rings true, especially in reflecting the heartache that ensues when a child repudiates parents, culture and homeland. By turns caustic and lyrical, the novel gives full expression to the ambiguities of the situation, adding a modern dimension to the age-old debate between faith and reason. Major ad/promo; author tour. (August 26)
Library Journal
Roiphe's first novel in a decade seems a natural extension of the feminism of her early novels and the self-examination of her Jewishness in Generation Without Memory. New Yorker Annie Johnson, widowed during pregnancy, taught her daughter Andrea about options for women and has watched her become an uncontrollable punk doper whose future at 22 is questionable. Then Andrea finds peace and a new life in a fundamentalist yeshiva in Israel, where she renounces secularism and independence. Annie, horrified, takes action when an arranged marriage is proposed and is forced to make painful choices herself for the sake of her daughter's happiness. Heartfelt in its examination of the mother-daughter bond, but a bit weighty with its pervasive religious atmosphere; likely to be limited in appeal. Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446352741
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/1993
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.75(d)

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Lovingkindness 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Excellent read -- I devoured this in 2 days. The central conflict of the story forces you to think about your assumptions about women's roles, what kind of life is 'better,' and the bonds between mothers and daughters.