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I am new to this group and have enjoyed reading the past posts.
I was wondering if anyone knows of fiction books that touch on themes that are present in most of Chaim Potok's works. Although he is considered a writer of young adult fiction, I have found in the four books I've read by him that I am interested in the historical setting that he places his novels. Themes that reoccur in his works usually resolve around the tension between Hasidim and/or orthodox Judaism and the secular world, Zionism and the struggle to define yourself with in a religious community.
Are there any books that you have read that touch on similar themes? What do you think of Potok's works.
One book with a similar theme (Chasidic individual finding a place in the world) that I liked was The Romance Reader by Pearl Abraham. It was the story of a young girl in a Chasidic community. I was intrigued by this book because the author is from Monsey, New York - a city in which I myself have close family.
My best friend liked Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman very much, but I only thought it was so-so.
You may also like to read The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. She tells the story of Jacob's four wives. My husband even liked this book. That's a very good book.
I read My name is Asher Lev this year and then followed up with The Chosen, The Promise and In the Beginning. I enjoyed Asher Lev the most for the character of Asher and Chosen more for the historical context the book was set in. Yet after reading four of them they have become a bit repetitive, so I need something new.
The Chosen also started me on reading history books about Judaism. I am currently reading The Lost Messiah by John Freely, He travels to Turkey and other places where Sabattai Sevi lived trying to reconstruct his life from primary documents. It is interesting but slow going. Thanks for the suggestions Moto and Chu.
I loved Kaaterskill Falls too.