Book Review: A Place of Exodus by David Biespiel

By: David Biespiel

In A Place of Exodus, author David Biespiel shares the story of his experience growing up in a tightly knit Jewish community outside of Houston, Texas. But an argument with his rabbi causes him to move away from his idyllic childhood community. The book explores Biespiel’s journey as a self-proclaimed “retired” Jew and the many ways it shaped his understanding of home.

Biespiel’s exploration of the meaning of home gives the reader a lot to consider. Is home something that exists in time or in space? I found his discussion on how his own experience of leaving the place of his childhood to then frequently move over the next several years and how that experienced shaped his understanding of home really thought provoking.

The use of vivid language paints a beautiful picture of the Jewish experience of Biespiel’s childhood and youth. Anyone who has ever experienced a crisis of faith will find this story easily relatable.

Overall, I found this a captivating and multifaceted story told in beautiful prose. A Place of Exodus: Home, Memory, and Texas is scheduled for release on September 30th.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my review.

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Read my interview with the author, David Biespiel:

An Interview with Author David Biespiel

David Biespiel is the author of twelve books. I am excited to have the opportunity to interview him regarding his twelfth, The Book of Exodus, ahead of its September release. Q: Can you sum up A Place of Exodus in 20 words or less? The book is a memoir that tells the story of the rise […]

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