I Am Forbidden

I Am Forbidden

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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A family is torn apart by fierce belief and private longing in this unprecedented journey deep inside the most insular Hasidic sect, the Satmar. Sweeping from the Central European countryside just before World War II to Paris to contemporary Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I Am Forbidden brings to life four generations of one Satmar family. Opening in 1939 Transylvania, five-year-old Josef witnesses the murder of his family by the Romanian Iron Guard and is rescued by a Gentile maid to be raised as her own son. Five years later, Josef rescues a young girl, Mila, after her parents are killed while running to meet the Rebbe they hoped would save them. Josef helps Mila reach Zalman Stern, a leader in the Satmar community, in whose home Mila is raised as a sister to Zalman's daughter, Atara. As the two girls mature, Mila's faith intensifies, while her beloved sister Atara discovers a world of books and learning that she cannot ignore. With the rise of communism in central Europe, the family moves to Paris, to the Marais, where Zalman tries to raise his children apart from the city in which they live. When the two girls come of age, Mila marries within the faith, while Atara continues to question fundamentalist doctrine. The different choices the two sisters makes force them apart until a dangerous secret threatens to banish them from the only community they've ever known. A beautifully crafted, emotionally gripping story of what happens when unwavering love, unyielding law, and centuries of tradition collide, I Am Forbidden announces the arrival of an extraordinarily gifted new voice and opens a startling window on a world long closed to most of us, until now.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2012.
ISBN: 9780449010549
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: Landor, Rosalyn
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Einer2
Aug 03, 2017

I also highly recommend this one. Reader of the CD version was very good.

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maipenrai
Aug 17, 2013

*** 1/2 stars. Moving from the Central European countryside just before World War II to Paris to contemporary Williamsburg, Brooklyn, "I Am Forbidden" brings to life four generations of one Satmar ( an Hasidic movement of primarily Romanian and Hungarian Jews ) family. The book begins in 1939 Transylvania when five-year-old Josef witnesses the murder of his family and is rescued by a Gentile maid to be raised as her own son. Five years later, Josef rescues a young girl, Mila, after her parents are killed while running toward the Rebbe they hoped would save them as he is deported in a box car. Josef helps Mila reach Zalman Stern, a leader in the Satmar community, in whose home Mila is raised as a sister to Zalman?s daughter, Atara. As the two girls mature, Mila?s faith intensifies, while Atara discovers a world of books and learning that she cannot ignore. With the rise of communism in central Europe, the family moves to Paris and eventually to the United States. When the two girls come of age, Mila marries within the faith, while Atara continues to question fundamentalist doctrine. When Mila and her husband are childless after 10 years, it is custom for the husband to divorce the wife as he must become "fruitful". What are they to do? The different choices the two sisters make force them apart until a dangerous secret threatens to banish them from the only community they have ever known. Great book! Highly recommend

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