Anouk Markovits: I Am Forbidden

(Fiction, 320 pp. 2012)

This multilayered story is a sensitive consideration of tradition and commitment, and the conflict between individual independence and the obligations of faith. It follows four generations of the Stern family, members of the Satmar Hasidic sect, from Transylvania to Paris and Brooklyn, focusing on the diverging paths of two daughters, close friends until one wants more than her proscribed world can offer.

  • Review by Susannah Meadows, New York Times, May 15, 2012
  • Review by Zackary Sholem Berker, Unpious, June 3, 2012
  • Review by Catherine Taylor, Telegraph, June 21, 2012
  • Author’s website (includes links to many more reviews)
  • David Green interviews Anouk Markovits