FICTION

The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem

St. Martin's. Apr. 2016. 384p. tr. from Hebrew by Anthony Berris. ISBN 9781250078162. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466890503. F
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This international best seller and Israeli award winner presents a sweeping family saga that follows four generations of Ladino-speaking Sephardic women in Jerusalem who all fear that the family curse—that the husbands don't love their wives—will continue with future descendants. This novel is currently being adapted into a feature film in Israel.Read-Alikes Talia Carner's Jerusalem Maiden, Nomi Eve's The Family Orchard, Linda Grant's When I Lived in Modern Times, and A.B. Yehoshua's Mr. Mani.We're also seeing more English-language novels set in Israel.

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