Jewish Historical Fiction

Has anyone else discovered this amazing genre??? It’s pure deliciousness. A bit random, I know, especially since I’m not Jewish. But boy do I love it! I blame my mom (naturally) since my sister and I watched Fiddler on the Roof every weekend while she cleaned house. We’d put our hair up in kerchiefs, and sing all the songs, and designate who got to be which character. I’m Chava till this day! 😀

As you can see, from a very young age, I was exposed to the beauty that is the Jewish culture. From Fiddler on the Roof, to the Old Testament filled with characters like Esther who bold said “If I perish, I perish.” Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, the two former were brought to live even more by the books by Orson Scott Card, the latter two in one of my all time favorite novels, The Red Tent. I could read Jewish historical fiction till the cows come home.

I didn’t really notice this about myself until recently. My last trip to the library I ended up with Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner, and The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. Our of three selections, two were tales of Jewish women. Now that I’ve realized this about myself, I can’t wait to really delve into this genre more.

Does anyone else have a fascination with historical novels about a culture that you are not personally familiar with? Or know of any GREAT Jewish historical fictions novels I just have to read?

Until next time!!



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