Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she's also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn. Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah's shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD's habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can't let the story end there. But getting to the truth won't be easy-even as she immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it's clear that she's not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to keep from an outsider. In her riveting debut Invisible City, journalist Julia Dahl introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage.
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"Narrator Andi ArndtÕs young voice is a fine fit for the character of Rebekah Roberts, a 20-something New York City tabloid journalist whose mother, a Hasidic Jew, ran off with a Christian, had a baby, and abandoned them to return to her Hasidic life. In covering the murder of a Hasidic woman, Rebekah, because of her Jewish heritage, is able to enter the closed society of the ultra-Orthodox. She questions not only suspects who may be involved with the gruesome murder but also her own place within the Jewish community as a non-practicing Jewish woman. Arndt is convincing when creating character voices, and her pacing in rapid dialogue exchanges is spot- on. DahlÕs storytelling skills offer insights into the insular Hasidic sect, and ArndtÕs performance will keep listeners engaged. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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