Washing the Dead

Product Number: EB00654328
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781938849527
Publisher: Prospect Park Books
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Three Orthodox Jewish women search for truth amid a lifetime of secrets in this "heartfelt story of loss, hope, and reconciliation" (Booklist). Barbara Blumfield, a big-hearted suburban Milwaukee mom and preschool teacher, was seventeen years old when her mother's affair ripped her family from their Orthodox Jewish community. When the rabbi's wife summons Barbara to perform the ritual burial washing of her beloved teacher, she walks back into the spiritual and emotional home her mother burned down. Exhuming generations of secrets is the only way Barbara can forgive her estranged mother and in turn spare her daughter their crippling family legacy. Michelle Brafman's "fast-paced and compelling" debut novel examines the experience of religious community, the perilous emotional path to adulthood, and the power of sacred rituals to repair damaged bonds between mothers and daughters (Library Journal). "Intimate, big-hearted, compassionate and clear-eyed, Brafman's novel turns secrets into truths and the truth into the heart of fiction." -Amy Bloom, author of Lucky Us and Away "From roots in one religious tradition, comes a tale of emotional redemption for all of us. Michelle Brafman's astonishing compassion for all human frailty infuses this story about the need for truth and the promise of forgiveness." -Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Author(s): Michelle Brafman
Original Publish Date: Mar 16, 2015

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