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Tova Mirvis: The Ladies Auxiliary

(Fiction, 336 pp. 1999)

Narrated from the collective perspective of a synagogue’s Ladies’ Auxiliary, Mirvis’s inspired debut depicts the perceived threat that the arrival of free-spirited Batsheva poses to the insular Orthodox community of Memphis, Tennessee. The intergenerational conflict that ensues illuminates the difficulty of maintaining tradition while honoring personal freedom.