May 13, 2013
A beautiful novel set in Long Island about friendship and love, what pulls us together and what tears us apart, and the lengths to which a parent will go to protect a child. Nicole discovers that her life is in danger. She turns to her cousin and childhood best friend Ari for the cord blood he’s been banking for his own children. His decision brings them before the scales of justice. Solomon Richter, a Jewish state Supreme Court judge on the brink of mandatory retirement, finds himself embroiled in a legal battle unlike any other. The case calls into question the very things we live for: family, loyalty, friendship and love. It’s Nicole’s last chance, Ari’s last stand, and the judge’s last case. The uniquely Jewish cast of characters negotiates the universal difficulties of family, love and justice with heartbreaking honesty, humor and depth. Woven through the story are a Jewish conversion, an adult bat-mitzvah, a Shabbat dinner, and a rabbi as romantic hero.