Hush by Eishes Chayil


Hush by Eishes Chayil

Inside the closed community of Borough Park, where most Chassidim live, the rules of life are determined by an ancient script written thousands of years before-and abuse has never been a part of it. But when thirteenyear- old Gittel learns of the abuse her best friend has suffered at the hands of her own family member, the adults in her community try to convince Gittel, and themselves, that nothing happened. Forced to remain silent, Gittel begins to question everything she was raised to believe. A nuanced exploration of a complex world, one of both humor and depth, understanding and horror, this story illuminates the conflict between yesterday's traditions and today's reality


A Morris Award Honor Winner A Sidney Taylor Award Winner This painful, respectful story of redemption is well worth delving into Yiddish-laden prose. Kirkus Reviews, starred review This thoughtful, disturbing, and insightful novel provides an insider's view of an insular society. School Library Journal Emotionally riveting... The charm of Gittel's narration stems from her mix of respect for her community's traditions and the humor that arises from a child trying to make sense of her world. Jennifer M. Brown, Shelf Awareness I couldn't put Hush down. Gripping, fascinating and poignant, the book is bravely written. ...An extremely well-crafted story that keeps you turning pages.

About the Author

EISHES CHAYIL is a pseudonym meaning woman of valor, chosen by JUDY BROWN when Hush was first published because of feared backlash from her community. Since publication, Judy's identity has been revealed, she has left the Chassidic community, and she has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine. Judy was raised in a world of Chassidic schools, synagogues, and summer camps and is a direct descendant of the major founders of and leaders in the Chassidic world. She holds a master's degree in creative writing and has worked as a journalist for several international Orthodox newspapers. She lives in New York City.

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368 pages
Interest Age: From 14


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Publication date

8th November 2012



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