Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner
A Novel

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“Talia Carner is a skillful and heartfelt storyteller who takes the reader on journey of the senses, into a world long forgotten.”
—Jennifer Lauck, author of Blackbird

“Exquisitely told, with details so vivid you can almost taste the food and hear the voices….A moving and utterly captivating novel that I will be thinking about for a long, long time.”
—Tess Gerritsen, author of The Silent Girl

“Talia Carner’s story captivates at every level, heart and mind.”
—Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

The poignant, colorful, and unforgettable story of a young woman in early 20th-century Jerusalem who must choose between her faith and her passion, Jerusalem Maiden heralds the arrival of a magnificent new literary voice, Talia Carner. In the bestselling vein of The Red Tent, The Kite Runner, and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Jerusalem Maiden brilliantly evokes the sights and sounds of the Middle East during the final days of the Ottoman Empire. Historical fiction and Bible lovers will be captivated by this thrilling tale of a young Jewish woman during a fascinating era, her inner struggle with breaking the Second Commandment, and her ultimate transcendence through self-discovery.

 

About Talia Carner

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Talia Carner is the former publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women economic forums.
 
Published May 31, 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 466 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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However, Esther renounces her artistic yearnings after her mother dies of consumption—obviously a sign from Hashem (God) that Esther offended Him, not only by creating graven images but by stepping outside her circumscribed gender role.

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She fantasizes about a full life, where she could marry and make art, but after her mother dies, her father forces her into marrying a "modern Jew" from Jaffa, exiling Esther from the Jerusalem she loves.

Apr 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Jerusalem Maiden: A Novel

Examiner

Readers may read the first chapter, avail themselves of a reading group g uide, or read the fascinating story behind the story.

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Historical Novel Society

For Esther Kaminsky, a young ultra-Orthodox woman in Jerusalem, there has never been any doubt that she will grow up a good Jerusalem maiden, preparing herself to be a wife and mother according to God’s dictates.

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Red Room

“…In a way, the story reminded me of another of my favorites, A Long, Long Time Ago & Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka, … I am glad I read this book just for the information I received about a time I really haven’t read that much about and a sect of the Jewish people I knew very little about.” ...

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Red Room

Talia Carner has written a moving and utterly captivating novel that I will be thinking about for a long, long time.” -- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girl "As bold and fragile as its main character, JERUSALEM MAIDEN is at heart a story of...

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