Friday, August 28, 2015
The Marrying of Chani Kauffman by Eve Harris
Baruch's mother couldn't disagree more. She makes a point of inserting herself into the process in a way that is out of keeping with the cultural rules of courtship and she does two things in the process. She gives Chani some power over her because she wants it to be a secret, and she shows her hand. Chani doesn't have to pretend to like her future mother-in-law. She just has to woe Baruch.
The other couple int he book are a rabbi and his wife from Chani and Baruch's community. They started off their lives together in Jerusalem and they didn't always follow the rules. Now the rabbi is choking his marriage with his increasing piousness and while he knows that it is killing his marriage, he cannot stop himself. While one relationship blooms the other is dying on the vine. Very well written.