Lev Livitski, devoted son and upright young man, walks the path of Jewish observance until one day in college, he encounters Angela Pizatto, a dark-haired knockout. Suddenly, what used to mean everything to him is no longer enough.
Angela pulls Lev from a prudish existence into a passionate romance that must remain a secret because she is Catholic and he is Jewish. As the lovers gallivant throughout Brooklyn, and as their devotion to each other builds, they realize that they are headed toward a pivotal crossroads. Can they possibly overcome the insurmountable differences in their backgrounds? It’s a question they must confront if they are ever to have a shared future.
Layered into this love story are themes about identity and longing: how desire — what traditional Judaism calls the Evil Inclination — can define who we think we are. It’s a novel not only about the burdens of tradition clashing with the power of passion but also about the struggle to understand how the people we fall for can change us in profound and unexpected ways.