Strange relations

by Levitin, Sonia, 1934-

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Crafton Public Library Young Adult - Fiction YA F LEVITIN 2007 CRAFTON 6/07
Location  Crafton Public Library
Collection  Young Adult - Fiction
Call Number  YA F LEVITIN 2007 CRAFTON 6/07
Plum Community Library Young Adult Fiction YA FIC LEV
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA FIC LEV
A summer in paradise. That's all Marne wants. That's all she can think of when she asks her parents permission to spend the summer in Hawaii with Aunt Carole and her family. But Marne quickly realizes her visit isn't going to be just about learning to surf and morning runs along the beach, despite the cute surfer boy she keeps bumping into. For one thing, Aunt Carole isn't even Aunt Carole anymore--she's Aunt Chaya, married to a Chasidic rabbi and deeply rooted in her religious community. Nothing could be more foreign to Marne, and fitting into this new culture--and house full of kids--is a challenge. But as she settles into her newfound family's daily routine, she begins to think about spirituality, identity, and finding a place in the world in a way she never has before. This rich novel is a window into a different life and gets to the very heart of faith, identity, and family ties.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: ""*Starred Review* After her mother receives a work assignment in Paris, 15-year-old Marne is eager to spend the summer in Hawaii with relatives. She yearns to escape the unspoken grief and tension that remains at home following her younger sister's disappearance years earlier. Imagining languid afternoons at the beach, Marne is confronted with a much different scene on arrival in Hawaii. Aunt Chaya and her husband, Yitz, a Hasidic rabbi, oversee a chaotic household filled with children and visiting members of their Jewish community. Marne, raised by secular Jewish parents, finds the cultural differences startling. Are they from Mars? she writes in an e-mail to her best friend, Kim, and she feels resentful when her conservatively dressed cousins question her shorts and tank tops. Gradually, though, she realizes that she loves the feeling of Shabbat the sudden quiet, the comfort and when Kim comes to visit and wants to hook up with some local guys, Marne feels on a different wavelength. Too few novels give such a revealing, believable view of contemporary Jewish American kids wrestling with tradition and faith. The debates and cultural details sometimes feel like documentary, but Marne's authentic, first-person voice wraps purposefully inserted passages into an honest, sensitively told story that's filled with spot-on teen talk and inner monologues. Marne's active, earnest search for who she is and who she wants to become will touch readers of all backgrounds."--"Engberg, Gillian" Copyright 2007 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Levitin (The Goodness Gene) offers a vivid portrayal of Chasidic culture in this intimate novel about a contemporary Los Angeles teen's reunion with her extended Orthodox Jewish family. Having felt disconnected from her parents since her younger sister's disappearance five years ago, 15-year-old Marne is eager to go to Hawaii to spend the summer with her Aunt Chaya's family, even if it means putting up with their religious views and rituals. Marne looks forward to swimming in the ocean and learning to surf, but ends up spending most of her time helping overworked Aunt Chaya with her seven children and with her endless community duties as a rabbi's wife. Some traditions practiced in the household-particularly the restrictions placed on women's dress and demeanor-frustrate and embarrass Marne, and she finds herself in a sticky situation when a boy she meets receives a cold reception from her aunt. But Marne's induction to the family's strict rules also has a profound and positive effect, inspiring her to contemplate her own views of family, religion and morality. The broadening of Marne's outlook as she comes to know and cherish her aunt, uncle and cousins is convincing. There are perhaps a few too many conflicts cluttering the storyline, but the heroine's inner turmoil and emotional growth are skillfully and movingly wrought. Ages 12-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Jews -- Hawaii -- Juvenile fiction.
Cousins -- Juvenile fiction.
Religion -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Jews -- United States -- Fiction.
Cousins -- Fiction.
Religion -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Hawaii -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Alfred A. Knopf,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 298 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0375837515 (trade)
037593751X (lib. bdg.)
9780375837517 (trade)
9780375937514 (lib. bdg.)
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