Search Results: "Naomi Ragen"


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THE COVENANT by Naomi Ragen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"No perfect ending, but enough redemption and hope make this a quiet celebration of survival."
Bonds forged in Auschwitz help a young mother caught in the Intifada to survive—in a scrupulously fair-minded and riveting tale of current Israel. Read full book review >

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THE SATURDAY WIFE by Naomi Ragen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Revealing, if long-winded, examination of contemporary Orthodox Judaism."
Conniving rebbitzin topples a wealthy Jewish community. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST OF HANNAH MENDES by Naomi Ragen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 1998

"A glossy celebration of culture and family, inevitably a tad schmaltzy but, like Ragen's previous work, an agreeable enough read."
A 16th-century ghost helps her present-day descendant preserve the past, in a story by American-Israeli Ragen (The Sacrifice of Tamar, 1994, etc.) that's as much a heartfelt plea for continuity as a family saga. Read full book review >

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THE SACRIFICE OF TAMAR by Naomi Ragen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 1994

"ClichÇ-ridden and predictable, but also strangely affecting. (Author tour)"
Classic urban-Jewish myth replaces Bible stories in this latest chaste offering from Ragen (Sotah, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE TENTH SONG by Naomi Ragen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A page-turner illustrating the horrifying consequences of becoming embroiled in the American legal system, slowed by far too many weighty passages of authorial comment about the sad state of morals today."
An upper-middle-class Jewish family is thrown into turmoil when a father is accused of abetting terrorism. Read full book review >

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CHAINS AROUND THE GRASS by Naomi Ragen
Released: Jan. 28, 2002

"More a detailed portrait than a riveting tale of a family caught in the undertow of a fatal obsession."
The fifth from American-born Ragen (The Ghost of Hannah Mendes, 1998, etc.), a resident of Israel for the past 30 years, draws on her childhood to tell the poignant story of Sara, a young girl who also grew up in low-income housing in New York City. Read full book review >

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SOTAH by Naomi Ragen
Released: Oct. 2, 1992

"Philosophy lite."
Love-conquers-all genre takes on deep philosophical questions as Ragen (Jephte's Daughter, 1989) continues her exploration of orthodox Jewish life in this story of a woman accused of adultery- -the sotah. Read full book review >

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THE SISTERS WEISS by Naomi Ragen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Of the complexities embraced in this intergenerational drama, some are harsh and difficult to relate to, while others are universal. The book is unflinching and surprisingly suspenseful."
Ragen (The Tenth Song, 2010, etc.) sensitively explores the repercussions in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family when one of its members leaves the fold. Read full book review >

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CODE NAME KOMIKO by Naomi Paul
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"This bland techno-thriller has plenty of action but not quite enough style. (Thriller. 13-18)"
A teenage hacktivist and her online comrades encounter danger and betrayal when they begin investigating a fashion mogul's business operations in Hong Kong. Read full book review >

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STEALING FOR A LIVING by Naomi Rand
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 30, 2003

"Though the nominal perps turn out to be nobodies, that's just the point of Rand's sophomore exploration of evil at its most slippery and self-justifying."
It's always something for a working mother in Brooklyn. Read full book review >

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OFFSEASON by Naomi Holoch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 1998

"A rather stiff and unconvincing debut: Holoch's lovers never quite come alive or glow as the City of Light does, even in this dark time of year."
A first novel from the editor of the Women on Women series: an earnest tale of doomed lesbian love in a wonderfully rendered out- of-season Paris setting. Read full book review >

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BLOOD HINA by Naomi Hirahara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2010

"Aging and financially struggling Mas Arai's fourth case (Snakeskin Shamisen, 2006, etc.) is shaggy but very engaging, written with heart and depth, and starring an Everyman for our time."
Elderly Los Angeles gardener Mas Arai turns unlikely sleuth again to help a friend in distress. Read full book review >