A book by Julia Dahl; Jewish Book Council
months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from
Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return
to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her
since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City
to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she’s also
drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be
living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn.
Then Rebekah is
called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah’s shocked
to learn that, because of the NYPD’s habit of kowtowing to the powerful
ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an
autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can’t let the
story end there. But getting to the truth won’t be easy—even as she
immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it's
clear that she's not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to
keep from an outsider.
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