A Remarkable Kindness by Diana Bletter
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 11, 2015)
Through a largely hidden ceremony . . . four friends discover the true meaning of life
It’s 2006 in a seaside village in Israel, where a war is brewing. Lauren, Emily, Aviva and Rachel, four memorable women from different backgrounds, are drawn to the village. Lauren, a maternity nurse, loves her Israeli doctor husband but struggles
to make a home for herself in a foreign land thousands of miles away from her beloved Boston. Seeking a fresh start after a divorce, her vivacious friend Emily follows. Strong, sensuous Aviva, brought to Israel years earlier by intelligence work, has raised a family and now lost a son. And Rachel, a beautiful, idealistic college graduate from Wyoming, arrives with her hopeful dreams.hopeful dreams.
The women forge a friendship that sustains them as they come to terms with love and loss, and the outbreak of war. Their intimate bond is strengthened by their participation in a traditional ritual that closes the circle of life. As their lives are slowly transformed, each finds unexpected strength and resilience.
Brimming with wisdom, rich in meaningful insights, A Remarkable Kindness is a moving testament to women’s friendship, illuminating a mostly unknown ritual that underscores what it means to truly be alive.
I thought this book was very good. I can’t imagine having to go through what these ladies did and while I was reading the book I tried to think what I’d do if I ever was. I enjoyed reading how they reacted to different situations and how they tried to make a life for themselves in Israel.
The book will bring out a lot of emotions in you. I felt sorry for these women at times, but I also felt anger and admiration.
The story and the women are very well written. I loved that they bonded over a circle of life ritual and I also loved learning a bit about Israel.
I’m not really a fan of this genre, but the synopsis grabbed my attention and I’m very glad I didn’t pass it up.
About Diana Bletter
Diana Bletter is a writer whose work has appeared ina wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Commentary. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women, with photographs by Lori Grinker, was shortlisted for aNational Jewish Book Award. In 1991, she moved from New York to a seaside village in northern Israel where she lives with her husband and children, and volunteers in a burial circle.
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