For Ronit Krushka, thirty-two and single and living on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Orthodox Judaism is a suffocating culture she fled long ago. But when she learns of the death of her estranged father, the preeminent rabbi of the London Orthodox Jewish community in which she was raised, she leaves behind her Friday-night takeout, her troublesome romance, and her boisterous circle of friends to return home.
Her dual mission there is to mourn her father and to collect a single heirloom of her mother's. But as she reconnects with old acquaintances and the traditional ebb and flow of the community, Ronit becomes more than a stranger in her old home--she becomes a threat.
Set at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, Disobedience explores a devout and closed world to discover the importance of moving on and what we lose when we do.
Winner of Orange Award for New Writers 2006 and Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2007.
'Funny, tender and insightful' Maureen Lipman, Guardian'A wonderful novel ... rich and fresh and fascinating' Sunday Times
Naomi Alderman was born in 1974 and was brought up in the Orthodox Jewish community in Hendon, London, where she now lives. She is a graduate of the University of East Anglia creative writing course and has published award-winning short fiction in a number of anthologies. This is her first novel.