Friday Morning Bookclub

April 4, 2011

The Tenth Song By Naomi Ragen

Filed under: Book Recomendations,The Tenth Song — susanbright @ 10:30 am

I used to read all of Naomi Ragen’s books, so when I heard about her newest book, The Tenth Song, I just had to download it and read it! Naomi Ragen lives in Israel and is the author of 7 books some of which I read over 20 years ago, yet the stories are still fresh in my mind. 

 One of my favorites was The Sacrifice of Tamar which was originally published in 1995. I will never forget Tamar,the young, newly wed orthodox girl who when raped by a black intruder was so ashamed that she did not tell anyone, including her husband.  I was petrified for her when she found out she was pregnant, and didn’t know whether she was carrying her husbands child or the child of her attacker. And then there was Batsheva Ha-Lev the protagonist in Jephte’s Daughter, who at the age of 18 was forced to marry a man she hardly knew and move to Jerusalem. Sotah, written in 1992 was about an orthodox women accused of adultery and The Covenant, which  takes place in Israel deals with terrorism and was a Friday Morning Bookclub selection. I enjoyed every one of her books.

Naomi Ragen’s newest novel,The Tenth Song centers around the Samuels, a respected orthodox family living in the suburbs of Boston. Adam and Abigail have it all, a beautiful home and  three children. Their daughter Kayla is a Harvard Law student and  is engaged to be married and Abigail is happily planning the wedding. Adam is a successful accountant.  When the FBI storm into Adam’s Boston office and arrest him for transferring money to a terrorist group, their perfect life is shattered.

Somewhere along the line, what started off as an intriguing plot, turned contrived, predictable and even preachy. That said, it was still an enjoyable, thought-provoking  read.  Unfortunately it does not compare to some of her earlier books, or perhaps I have gotten more critical in my old age!

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