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Sandstone Press

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

Eve Harris

ISBN 978-1-908737-43-4


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Long listed for the Man Booker Prize 2013

19 year-old Chani lives in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community of north west London. She has never had physical contact with a man, but is bound to marry a stranger. The Rabbi’s wife teaches her what it means to be a Jewish wife, but Rivka has her own questions to answer. Soon buried secrets, fear and sexual desire bubble to the surface in a story of liberation and choice; not to mention what happens on her wedding night...

Eve Harris was born to Israeli-Polish parents in Chiswick, West London, in 1973. She taught for 12 years at inner-city comprehensives and independent schools in London and also in Tel Aviv, after moving to Israel in 1999. She returned to London in 2002 to resume teaching at an all girls' Catholic convent school. The Marrying of Chani Kaufman was inspired by her final year of teaching at an all girls' ultra-Orthodox Jewish school in North West London.

Eve lives in London with her husband, Jules, and their daughter Rosie. As well as writing, Eve teaches Creative Writing at CAST, a charity offering education, training and employment advice to women offenders, women at risk of offending and women with mental health or substance misuse problems.

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