The Book of Esther,which takes its title from the Biblical book by the same name, explores the life of Esther Auerbach. Divorced, children grown, she decides she needs to send for her FBI file before she can move on. As she reads about her life as seen through the eyes of strangers, she remembers her life as she knew it. As she wonders if she was a good mother, a devoted wife and a loyal friend, she comes to understand how she came to be who she is now. The novel, held together by pages from Esther's FBI file, follows Esther's life from the politically turbulent period of the Peekskill-Robeson concert in 1949 to the Earth Day celebration in 1985. Interspersed are short, pointed biographies of women whose lives and choices resonate with the choices made by Esther. As she reads and remembers, she wonders if she, like her Biblical namesake and all the other women, would do it again. As the novel unfolds, moments in the civil rights struggle and details of Jewish culture and rituals are woven into the seamless narrative. Esther is an ordinary woman trying to raise a family in New York City. While telling her story, the author gives the reader a deep look into one woman's life and times while showing the universality of her struggles.
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Published April 28, 2012
by Sedna Books.
Literature & Fiction.