[Book Review] The Choice: A Novel of Love, Faith and The Talmud by Maggie Anton

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By Maggie Anton

Maggie Anton’s new release was inspired by Chaim Potock’s classic writings. Anton re-imagines Potock’s characters as young adults, living in Brooklyn, in the 1950s. This time, the storyline tackles gender equality in Judaism as journalist, Hannah Eisin seeks instruction in the Talmud from Rabbi Nathan Mandel, a text considered forbidden to women. Meeting in secret creates more challenges for their budding relationship as they pursue their studies.

I’ve been a fan of Anton’s writing since I picked up her series, Rashi’s Daughters, and this newest work did not disappoint. Anton creates characters that push the boundaries of traditional Judaism and Hannah Eisin is no exception. This story reflects on women’s roles in the Jewish community, as do many of Anton’s earlier works.

Beyond the main feminist themes, the book also explores racism and sexual abuse. Some of these sections may be difficult for some readers. The inclusions of specific passages from the Talmud add a certain element of study to the story line, which I appreciated.

I was pleased to receive an advanced copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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