Thursday, September 16, 2010

It's CONTEST TIME!: Hush [by Eishes Chayil] review and giveaway!

Thanks to the generous publishers at Bloomsbury, I have one copy of Eishes Chayil's book Hush to giveaway! First, the contest rules, and a review will follow. It's a great book, so make sure you enter!

To enter, you must:
1. Be a US resident (or have a US shipping address)
2. Provide your email (without it, you will not win!)
3. Be a follower of my blog!

Simple and easy! Contest will end on October 31! So tell your friends!
To earn extra entries, you can post on your blog, sidebar, tweet, whatever, just leave a link and I'll add 3 entries for each thing you've done!

And now for the review:

Hush by Eishes Chayil
Inside the closed community of Borough Park, home to many Chassidic groups, the rules of life are very clear, determined to the last detail by an ancient script written thousands of years before - and abuse has never been a part of it. But when young Gittel witnesses the abuse her best friend Devory has been suffering at the hands of Devory's own family member, the adults in the community try to persuade Gittel, and themselves, that nothing happened. And even when the fallout reveals an unimaginable horror, the community continues forward as if it had never occurred. Now a teenager, Gittel's guilt over her silence forces her to question her own innocence, her memories of the past, and everything she was raised to believe in.

This book immediately took me by surprise in its opening page. It was a haunting tale of misery and longing to do what is right. Gittel's character was thoughtful in the way a teenager would be, but she was clearly traumatized by what she had witnessed. Chayil expertly demonstrated the life in a religious society like this one, not taking a side, but presenting the facts of what it was. In addition, Gittel's periodical letters to Devory were a wonderful addition, allowing the reader to see her innermost thoughts about her questioning innocence.
One of my favorite characters was Kathy, the woman who lived in Gittel's attic. She proved to be a true friend to Gittel, and assisted her whenever she needed help. I loved the eccentricity of her character, and Chayil illustrated her beautifully.
I know I don't like to read giant reviews, and I could gush about the details forever, but this was a truly great novel.

Now you better go enter the contest before it's too late!