In 1950’s Brooklyn, sisters Rose and Pearl Weiss grow up in a loving but strict ultra-Orthodox family, never dreaming of defying their parents or their community’s unbending and intrusive demands. Then, a chance meeting with a young French immigrant turns Rose’s world upside down, its once bearable strictures suddenly tightening like a noose around her neck. In rebellion, she begins to live a secret life – a life that shocks her parents when it is discovered... #new #book #excerpt
"In this memoir, Stella shares her tumultuous journey through life, from her childhood in NZ where she was a victim of sexual abuse and grew up in a household often dominated by alcohol and domestic violence, through teenage pregnancy and various volatile relationship breakdowns, her strong connections with her siblings and love for her sons, to her present day happiness. Brave and inspiring. Stella is honest and straightforward, and has a resilience that shines through."
Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of The Happiness Project, is such a fan of revisiting childhood favorites that she started two book clubs devoted to young-adult fare. Why bother? “Each time you reread a book is a totally different experience, because you’re totally different.” Here’s what makes her must-return-to list.