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Tova Mirvis: The Outside World

(Fiction, 304 pp. 2005)

This humorously insightful novel follows Tzippy, a 22-year old modern Orthodox woman eager to marry, who unexpectedly falls for Bryan, who, following a year in yeshiva in Israel, has become stringently observant and now calls himself Baruch.  The couple moves to the small Orthodox community of Memphis, Tennessee, where they and their parents deal with issues of isolation and assimilation, faith and doubt, destiny and true love.