Winner of the Orange Prize for New Writers 2006, this is an insightful and witty novel on the search for love, tolerance and faith.
Ronit has left London and transformed her life. In New York, she's become a wise-cracking, self-sufficient financial analyst. She's the one who decides for herself where to live, what to do, who to sleep with. But now she has to go home . . .
When Ronit's father - a respected Rabbi - dies, she's called back to the world of her childhood. She thought she'd left the Orthodox Jewish suburb of Hendon, north London far behind. But when she meets up with her childhood girlfriend Esti, she's set on a collision course with the tight-knit community she rejected long ago.
“Offers a glimpse of a closeted and surprisingly English nook of British society. Alderman has a bold comic touch”
“Captures its characters and their world with affection, irony and conviction”
“Rich, fresh, fascinating. A wonderful novel”