The Saturday Wife

Naomi Ragen, Author . St. Martin's $24.95 (292p) ISBN 978-0-312-35238-7

Like Emma Bovary, Delilah Goldgrab longs for a better life. A Queens yeshiva girl, Delilah is prayerfully remorseful after fornicating with young, opportunistic Yitzie Polinsky, and quickly marries mediocre rabbinical student Chaim Levi, who is unable to provide her with a house, much less the glossy upper-middle-class life she longs for. When Chaim accepts a position as the rabbi of an affluent Connecticut congregation, Delilah has the opportunity to indulge her ideas about happiness as the congregation's rebbitzin, with deliciously disastrous consequences. It's hard to like selfish, clueless Delilah or anyone else here: the pleasure of this novel is in its mercilessness, with Ragen (The Covenant ) raising the stakes until the very end. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 03/26/2007
Release date: 08/01/2007
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 575 pages - 978-0-7862-9724-5
Ebook - 304 pages - 978-1-4299-1775-9
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