The Tenth Song

The Tenth Song

by Naomi Ragen
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The Tenth Song by Naomi Ragen

When life is at its best, the unimaginable can shatter everything you think you know…

Abigail Samuels has no reason to feel anything but joy on the morning her life falls apart. The epitome of the successful Jewish American woman, she is married to a well-known and respected accountant and is in the middle of planning her daughter Kayla's wedding. Kayla, too, wakes up that morning with the world in the palm of her hand. Having lived the charmed life of a well-loved child from a happy family, she is a bright, pretty Harvard law student who has never really questioned the path she found herself on.

With a shocking suddenness, all that is smashed to pieces in ways they could never have dreamed. When a heartbroken Kayla runs away to a desert commune run by a charismatic mystic, Abigail rushes to save her, only to find that there is nothing more whole than a broken heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312570187
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 826,602
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Naomi Ragen is the author of novels including The Sacrifice of Tamar, Sotah, The Covenant, and The Saturday Wife. Her books are international bestsellers, and her weekly email columns on life in the Middle East are read by thousands of subscribers worldwide. Ragen attended Brooklyn College and earned her master's in English from Hebrew University. An American, she has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. She was recently voted one of the three most popular authors in Israel.

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The Tenth Song 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved reading this book. So perfectly written. Sentences, words, characters, all a perfect match. Although I found myself feeling a lot of anger towards Kayla and thinking what an ungrateful, self absorbed, spoiled brat she is. Abandoning her family just when they needed her by their side and after all her parents had done for her. This book makes you sit up an make an assessment and question your own life. I know those thoughts certainly entered in my mind. I think we would all like to have the luxury to go off to some remote part of the world and find a "Rav Natan" and find ourselves. Only do not do it during a family crises. The character of Daniel seemed too convenient, just happened to have the right connections that helped to save Adam. I admire Abigail, it took a terrible event in her life to realize just what role in her marriage her husband exxpected of her and she dutifully accepted. In a way Abigail found herself. Maybe she took it to the extreme, after all you marry for better or for worse. I highly recommend this book. I applaud the author for a well written entertaining book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of Naomi's i read and totally enjoyed it! A good fast hard- to- put - down read! So much inspiration in the book and the colorful way Naomi writes, one can visilize the colors and landscapes of Israel. Im now on book three and plan on reading all of Naomi's books!
sha60 More than 1 year ago
As usual Naomi Ragen brings characters into your home. I loved this book!!!A nice man gets railroaded. Makes you see things happening today a little differently. I too would love to go back to easier times.
BibliophileJG More than 1 year ago
This book was chosen by our book club and I raced through it in less than 3 days! The main characters were well developed and I never could be sure where the author was taking me. Well done!
teacher47 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story and a fast read. The characters and their problems all came to life. I could relate to Abigal and the life changes she made. I now long to do the same thing for all the same reasons. Not all of Ragens books have been available as eBooks. When researching books at B&N online and found Ragen was coming out with The Tenth Song, as an eBook, I preordered it, and was not dissapointed.
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anonymous67 More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing.  Although the premise of the  novel had potential.....how our rights are affected by Homeland Security concerns......the novel takes a trite and predictable  turn.   The characters are poorly devolved and the ending has a soap opera quality to it.   Not Worth the time or money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this for a book club selection and really enjoyed it. It was very thought provoking and we had a wonderful discussion about it. Each character has his/her flaws and it was wonderful to think about them how they are and if they would ever change, etc.
ebooks18 More than 1 year ago
Not the quality I expect from Naomi Ragen.
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printress More than 1 year ago
I was half way through the book when i realized I'd read it before. Because of my own life experiences I got so much more out of it the second time through. A must for woman of "middle" years. Definitely thought provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm interested in the subject matter, and Ragen's description of some American Jewish communities, especially wealthier ones, is right on target, such as the materialism and lack of real compassion for a member of the community in trouble. As much as I love Israel, I didn't enjoy the scenes there as much as I thought I would. RavNatan's community in the desert was just too 60's hippiesh for me. And the decisions made by Kayla, and especially by Abigail, at the end, were totally improbable to me.
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