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Sethumadhavan (2017), Aliyah: The Last Jew in the Village; Esther David (2018), Bombay Brides

Sethumadhavan (2017), Aliyah: The Last Jew in the Village; Esther David (2018), Bombay Brides Contemporary Review Book Review of the Middle East 9(2) 258 –260, 2022 © The Author(s) 2022 Reprints and permissions: https://doi.org/10.1177/23477989221080817 in.sagepub.com/journals- permissions-india DOI: 10.1177/23477989221080817 journals.sagepub.com/home/cme Sethumadhavan (2017), Aliyah: The Last Jew in the Village. Translated by Catherine Thankamma, Harper Perennial, Paperback. ISBN: 9789352640621, Price: `. 399.00, 416 pp. Esther David (2018), Bombay Brides, Harper Collins, Hardback. ISBN: 9789352779451, Price: `. 499.00, 216 pp. Much has been written on the Indian Jewish traditions, practices, and rituals through fictional and nonfictional works. However, both genres offer contrasting insights; nonfiction provides a macro view of society, while fiction deals with the community’s interpersonal aspects through its characters. Novelist Esther David, an Indian Jewish author and Sahitya Akademi Awardee for English literature, has demonstrated her niche as the Bene Israel’s best-known voice. She is renowned for writing books based on the Jewish experience in India that largely “probe the concepts of home and roots” (p. ix). Like all her previous novels, namely The Walled City (1997), Book of Esther (2002), Book of Rachel (2006), Shalom India Housing Society (2007), Ahmedabad: City with a Past (2016), Bombay Brides is also set in Ahmedabad that captures the story of Jewish life amid a vast multicultural http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Review of the Middle East SAGE

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Contemporary Review Book Review of the Middle East 9(2) 258 –260, 2022 © The Author(s) 2022 Reprints and permissions: https://doi.org/10.1177/23477989221080817 in.sagepub.com/journals- permissions-india DOI: 10.1177/23477989221080817 journals.sagepub.com/home/cme Sethumadhavan (2017), Aliyah: The Last Jew in the Village. Translated by Catherine Thankamma, Harper Perennial, Paperback. ISBN: 9789352640621, Price: `. 399.00, 416 pp. Esther David (2018), Bombay Brides, Harper Collins, Hardback. ISBN: 9789352779451, Price: `. 499.00, 216 pp. Much has been written on the Indian Jewish traditions, practices, and rituals through fictional and nonfictional works. However, both genres offer contrasting insights; nonfiction provides a macro view of society, while fiction deals with the community’s interpersonal aspects through its characters. Novelist Esther David, an Indian Jewish author and Sahitya Akademi Awardee for English literature, has demonstrated her niche as the Bene Israel’s best-known voice. She is renowned for writing books based on the Jewish experience in India that largely “probe the concepts of home and roots” (p. ix). Like all her previous novels, namely The Walled City (1997), Book of Esther (2002), Book of Rachel (2006), Shalom India Housing Society (2007), Ahmedabad: City with a Past (2016), Bombay Brides is also set in Ahmedabad that captures the story of Jewish life amid a vast multicultural

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Published: Jun 1, 2022

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