Don't you just love it when you read a book by a new author and the writing, the story, the theme and the characters leave you a little bit breathless because you are that impressed and moved. Oh, just me is it? Ah well, that it was happened when I read Naomi Alderman's debut novel, Disobedience
What's it all about? Set in in Hendon, north London, this is a story of a young woman who returns to the Orthodox Jewish community she grew up in but left behind confronting new and old dilemas.
What's so good about it? The story and people feel very real and almost predictable and yet there are still twists and turns in this novel which educates about a very introvert community without patronising or degrading.
Who, me? Naomi Alderman's second book The Lessons couldn't have been a more different story (she adopts a first person narrative as a man) which is a testament to her ability as a writer and likewise Disobedience is a story for all even if you think the themes may not relate.
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Frances M. Thompson
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