Monday, September 20, 2010

Hush by Eishes Chayil

Characters: 19/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 18/20
Writing: 19/20
Recommendation: 19/20
Overall: 93/100 or A
Source: Publisher

Inside the closed community of Borough Park, where most Chassidim live, the rules of life are very clear, determined by an ancient script written thousands of years before down to the last detail—and abuse has never been a part of it. But when thirteen-year-old Gittel learns of the abuse her best friend has suffered at the hands of her own family member, the adults in her community try to persuade Gittel, and themselves, that nothing happened. Forced to remain silent, Gittel begins to question everything she was raised to believe.
A richly detailed and nuanced book, one of both humor and depth, understanding and horror, this story explains a complex world that remains an echo of its past, and illuminates the conflict between yesterday's traditions and today's reality.
This book was so amazing. I was crying, while reading most this book. Gittel pulls you into the world of Jewish Community and all of their secrets. Gittel is bouncing between if she should tell and it is told in flashbacks from what happened. I liked how, while it was centered on Devory's abuse and later suicide, you could still feel the pain and shock that rebounded on the community as effect. I love how the story wasn't revealed right away, but actually slowly unraveled. This writer created a story that I am sure that I will never forget. It is a riveting and beautiful coming of age story and I highly recommend it.
I have a copy for giveaway to one winner. To enter, tell me what fall show are you most excited for, with your email address in the comments. Just do it by October 22th.


  1. I'm excited for so many (mostly comedies), but I have to say that I'm most excited for Dexter. The end of last season was quite the twist! Great, yet incredibly disturbing show. - loveyalit (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. This sounds sooo good! :) I really loved your review, and I cant WAIT to read this one!

    As for shows...honestly Vampire Diaries, and Criminal Minds - what a truly different combo, OHHH and I love Dexter as well as Life Unexpected :) I actually don't watch to much tv usually dvr till I can get around to it, cept Vampire Diaries which I watch every Thursday with Aubrey! :) SOO fun!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! :) Jenn@

  3. I'm not sure if this is international. Anyway, this sounds like a great book that will make someone extra sad and grateful for at least a few days.

    Hmm, I'm most excited for Glee and Vampire Diaries. :D But too bad I can't watch them yet.

    feeyonachan at gmail dot com

  4. Hi,

    would love to read this book.

    looking forward to next season of 'glee' .{ can't wait to watch the 'paramore' one }


  5. greetings,

    very,very nice cover.

    fall show?

    does 'gossip girl' count?

    pls enter me if this is international.

    thank you.


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