Monday, March 21, 2011
Hush by Eishes Chayil
from ALA Best Books for Young Adults (update March 2011)
(from jacket cover)
Inside the closed community of Borough Park, where Brooklyn's Chassidim live, the rules of life-everything from how to dress to whom to marry-are very clear, determined to the last detail by an ancient script written thousands of years before. Then young Gittel witnesses an unspeakable act of violence against her best friend, Devory, an act that goes against everything she's been taught as a Jew. For the first time i her life, there are no guidelines to tell her what to do, so she remains silent. But even inaction has consequences, and sometimes they are deadly...
Now a teenager, Gittel is racked with guilt over the choices she made and those that were forced upon her by the community she once trusted. She must question everything about herself-her own innocence, her memories of the past, and the beliefs of her sect-to find peace for Devory and for herself.