Lilith Zeremba, a young woman rebelling against her intellectually complex, feminist Jewish mother, is The Last Jewish Virgin. In this playful and provocative, sensual and suspenseful novel, Janice Eidus merges the timeless, romantic myth of the vampire with contemporary life in volatile New York CityNormal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4—and beyond. Determined to make her own way4—on her own terms4—as a successful Jewish woman in the world of fashion, Lilith finds herself in a place where mythology and sexuality collide. She meets two men to whom she is drawn in ways that feel dangerous and yet inevitable: the much older, wildly mercurial and mesmerizing Baron Rock, and Colin Abel, a young, radiant artist determined to make the world a better place, one socially progressive painting at a time. The Last Jewish Virgin, an innovative and universal tale of longing and redemption, refreshes and reinvents the classic vampire myth for a contemporary world in which love, compassion, faith, and politics are forever evolving and intersecting in surprising and original ways.
|Publisher:||Red Hen Press|
|Edition description:||1st Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Janice Eidus has won numerous awards for her writing, including two O. Henry Prizes and the Independent Publishers Award in Religion for her recent novel, The War of the Rosens. Her other books include The Celibacy Club, Vito Loves Geraldine, Urban Bliss, and Faithful Rebecca; and, she's the co-editor of It's Only Rock and Roll: An Anthology of Rock and Roll Short Stories. Her work also appears in such anthologies as The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories; Neurotica: Jewish Writers on Sex; and Desire: Women Write about Wanting, and in leading newspapers and magazines including The New York TImes, Jewish Currents, Tikkun, and The Forward. She lives in New York City and Mexico with her husband and daughter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't want to give anything away so I'm not sure how much I can say about it. We spend the whole book wondering, with the narrator, whether her professor is a vampire. In addition to definitely being part of the vampire genre, if only for the style of writing, it is also reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice, with a (perhaps) unreliable narrator, and Jane Eyre, which is filled with contrasting characters, many of them part of the Lilith-Eve dichotomy. All of these books have powerful, silent men and an innocent, young thing. The book also has modern concerns, like mother-daughter relationships, and lots of big city scenery, including a college that sounds very much like FIT; which is why it's not weird enough for me.Nonetheless, it kept my interest and is worth thinking back now that I can see it whole and not just the details.Being Jewish is important to Lilith, although she is not at all observant; her mother attends services, writes important books, and is very much a Jewish feminist. Lilith knows about tzedakah and Tikkun Olam, but she talks about the Old Testament, not the Bible. (A nice Jewish girl should know that "Old" only makes sense if there is a "New.")There is some very tastefully done scenes of lovemaking that mean it's not for children, but fine for teens.