Memoirist Tova Mirvis grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family and married a man from a similar background with the intention of continuing their religion’s time-honored traditions. As she grew older, had children and became a published novelist, she discovered that adhering to the old laws felt stultifying, and she yearned to flee her embattled marriage. The Book of Separation is an account of how the author learned to overcome her fears and break free of others’ expectations to find a life that feels right. Fortunately for her, this new life comes with an ideal new man.
The Book of Separation is slow-paced and meditative; those looking for anti-religious scandal won’t find it here. Instead, it is the story of one woman’s liberation and reconciliation of her past with her present and future. She writes that Orthodox Judaism has become for her like her childhood home; she can visit it, but she doesn’t live there any more. If you are interested in the topic, you will find this memoir a worthy read. Find it in our catalog here.