The postman on his bicycle, she envied him, envied his wheels kissing the cobbles, that he knew one language only, one country only, envied his undivided past, undivided from his future.
I Am Forbidden (2012) by Anouk Markovits is a novel following four generations of the Hasidic Stern family from the 1940s to modern day on their journey from Romania to eventually the United States. The story primarily focuses their daughter Atara and their adopted daughter Mila. While Mila grows daily stronger in her faith, Atara begins to question her religion as she discovers and learns more of the world around her. Despite one daughter attempting to live true to her fundamentalist faith and the other grappling with growing doubts, the decisions both sisters make place them in peril of banishment from their community and family.
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