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! ūüėÄ

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!!

~Pockets

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Tuesday’s Tour of the Library

Yesterday was Tuesday, and you know what that means. ¬†Tuesday is library day! ¬†I had quite a few things on hold that I was very excited to pick up! ¬†The one at the top of the list was, of course, The Fellowship of the Ring¬†by J.R.R. Tolkien. ¬†I’ve been reading science fiction for more than fifteen years and I’m only just starting to read Tolkien, shameful I know, but also the truth. ¬†The only other items I had holding for me were CDs which I won’t bore you with.

 

I recently read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander¬†and thought it was good as an easy, don’t want to think novel, so I picked up the sequel: Voyager.¬† I also grabbed Gregory Maguire’s Wicked,¬†Douglas Adams’ Life, the Universe, and Everything, and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad. ¬†The last I hadn’t planned on picking up. ¬†I think I have quite a lot on my plate this week but it was on an end cap that held one librarian’s ‘Picks.’ ¬†I just couldn’t resist temptation.

 

I started Wicked¬†and can’t really decide if I like it or not. ¬†I’m only about a hundred pages into it so I’ll give it a few hundred more before I finalize any opinions. ¬†Elphaba is an extremely interesting character but Maguire has not yet begun to showcase her like I’d like. ¬†So far none of the novel has been from her point of view, and currently the characters in charge of moving the plot do not care much for the emerald-skinned lady. ¬†I’m hoping she will venture out into the foreground as the story progresses. ¬†Keep your fingers crossed.

 

~Pockets

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