This Is Not A Love Story

This Is Not A Love Story

A Memior

Book - 2015
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The third of six children in a family that harks back to a gloried Hassidic dynasty, Judy Brown grew up with the legacy of centuries of religious teaching, and the faith and lore that sustained her people for generations. But her carefully constructed world begins to crumble when her "crazy" brother Nachum returns home after a year in Israel living with relatives. Though supposedly "cured," he is still prone to retreating into his own mind or erupting in wordless rages. The adults' inability to make him better - or even to give his affliction a name - forces Judy to ask larger questions: If God could perform miracles for her sainted ancestors, why can't He cure Nachum? And what of the other stories her family treasured?
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316400725
0316400726

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BiblioMaxine
Sep 20, 2016

This memoir is a very honest depiction of a young girl and her thoughts about her autistic brother. It's equally a brutal description of a community that lacks resources, and more importantly, lacks empathy, for anyone that is slightly different from them.

This may be confusing for people who don't know much about Chassidism, or the Orthodox Jewish community, but is still an easy-to-read memoir about a tough topic.

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