October 13, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm #610877
There’s a book my religious friend lent me awhile back that I really want to reread, but I cannot remember its name. (I seem to have this problem a lot, even with the candy I like, lol!)
I’ll try to summarize the plot from what I remember.
An irreligious Jewish boy tries becoming a ba’al teshuva and he is set up in a shidduch with a convert whose father is part of the mafia. They are attacked by the mafia and then the girl announces that she can’t have kids because of a car accident she got into as a child. (Don’t worry, they go over this very tastefully. The book IS appropriate!)
The boy goes through several other ups and downs in his path to becoming frum, including the possibility that he is a mamzer. (Spoilers – they find out that he’s legit after all.)
Can anyone tell me what the title of this book is? The cover was black and white, showed a dude with a black hat and suit, and had red letters for the title.October 14, 2013 9:09 am at 9:09 am #979247Geordie613Participant
The Edge by Nachman Seltzer, published by Targum PressOctober 14, 2013 3:23 pm at 3:23 pm #979248
Thank you so much!!!October 14, 2013 5:02 pm at 5:02 pm #979249
i’m not so sure ruining the story for everyone else was fair tho . . .
just sayin’October 14, 2013 7:53 pm at 7:53 pm #979250NechomahParticipant
Don’t worry Syag, he didn’t ruin much. The details BW120 gives are not entirely accurate and he didn’t tell the climax of the book. (I mean really, does any novel dealing with a possible mamzerus situation ever end up with the person really being a mamzer? You could imagine that ending as well.) So anyway, feel free to check out the book and read it without knowing the end.October 14, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm #979251
@Syag – Ooooh gosh, I am so sorry about that. 🙁 I’ll think more carefully about that next time I post about books…. You have my humblest apologies!!!October 15, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am #979252
I had already read it but didn’t want to name the book and ruin it for others.
Bookworm- a lesson learned (as I almost always only learn things the hard way)
🙂October 15, 2013 2:25 am at 2:25 am #979253
@Syag – Often, that is how I learn things too. 😀 Did you enjoy the book?October 15, 2013 2:41 am at 2:41 am #979254
I think so. I am a book addict who gave up reading secular books ages ago. I have found a lot of books I like but I am always afraid to bring it up because it seems to draw lots of negativity and possibly L”H. I happen to like R’ Seltzers books a lot.October 15, 2013 3:58 am at 3:58 am #979255Veltz MeshugenerMember
Happy ending: Turns out the kallah was also a mamzeres.October 15, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm #979256☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
Funny, VM.October 16, 2013 5:52 pm at 5:52 pm #979257
Oh, Syag, if you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!October 16, 2013 6:45 pm at 6:45 pm #979258streekgeekParticipant
I second that Syag. I recently gave up secular books completely and I need ideas of good Jewish materiel!October 17, 2013 9:06 pm at 9:06 pm #979259
I haven’t given up secular books completely, but in my age group, the kiddie books are getting to be too boring and the teen books make me want to puke. Don’t get me started on adult fiction!October 17, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm #979260
We’ll good for you guys! You have no idea how strongly the books affect your value system, and staying away will make a difference in your lives for sure!
I really liked Yair weinstocks books because I love mystery, especially medical mystery and he draws you in to the story. I remember reading Gordian knot til 3 am cuz I needed to know the end. Of course there will always be someone who will tell you how awful al the books are, bleh, bleh, bleh but I firmly believe that when you are doing something difficult the obstacles will be greater.
Most of the big names are good. There will be an occasional bomb, just try a different author.October 18, 2013 1:30 pm at 1:30 pm #979261streekgeekParticipant
@Syag – Thanks! Hope my local library has some good titles I could pick up. And thanks for the booster as this decision was really hard and took me a long time to get there.
@Bookworm – I must say I’m impressed. And good idea not to start on adult fiction cuz I have yet to come across one that can’t be classified as romance…as you nicely put it they made me literally puke.October 18, 2013 9:14 pm at 9:14 pm #979262
@streekgeek – Thank you. 🙂 The only work of adult fiction I know I tried reading was “Jurassic Park.” I didn’t even get through most of it, because it was so different from Steven Spielberg’s adaption, but I got pretty far into the second book before I got fed up. The language was the driving factor in my having enough.
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