She is trapped by her faith, family, and adherence to her religion. She is trapped by her passion, sensitivity, and intellect. She is trapped by her obligations. She is trapped by her sensuality and artistic talents. She is trapped by being born a female. The book chronicles her internal and external struggles with these issues throughout her life of turmoil, love, and tragedy. She wrestles endlessly with constant enticements while straining to escape, explore, and experience the world outside her faith.
Talia Carner uses beautiful language, exquisite storytelling, and detailed research to transport the reader into the world of old Jerusalem. The city’s sounds, smells, and sights are woven into the narrative. Readers of many generations and backgrounds will be able to recognize and relate to the customs, relationships, and families that form the fascinating setting for Esther’s life.
Jerusalem Maiden is a saga, a history, and a dramatic and hopeful love story that also moves through the exciting art world of early 20th century Paris and modern day Israel. It deals with women’s roles and rights, loves, marriages, children, and the question of how to live a reconciled life within a community. This is a book to savor and discuss while contemplating Esther Kaminsky’s choices as a Jerusalem Maiden.
Renita Last is a member of the Nassau Region of Hadassah’s Executive Board. She has coordinated the Film Forum Series for the Region and served as Programming and Health Coordinators and as a member of the Advocacy Committee.
She has volunteered as a docent at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County teaching the all- important lessons of the Holocaust and tolerance. A retired teacher of the Gifted and Talented, she loves participating in book clubs and writing projects.