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by Chayil, Eishes (Author)
For the Chassidim, the rules of life are determined by an ancient script--and abuse has never been a part of it. But when 13-year-old Gittel learns of the abuse her best friend, the adults try to persuade Gittel that nothing happened.
Age Range: From 14 to 17
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Walker & Company, September 2010
Product Dimensions: 8.28 L × 5.82 W × 1.19 H
Publisher Marketing: Inside the closed community of Borough Park, where most Chassidim live, the rules of life are very clear, determined by an ancient script written thousands of years before down to the last detail-and abuse has never been a part of it. But when thirteen-year-old Gittel learns of the abuse her best friend has suffered at the hands of her own family member, the adults in her community try to persuade Gittel, and themselves, that nothing happened. Forced to remain silent, Gittel begins to question everything she was raised to believe.
A richly detailed and nuanced book, one of both humor and depth, understanding and horror, this story explains a complex world that remains an echo of its past, and illuminates the conflict between yesterday's traditions and today's reality.
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