Brookline Booksmith is pleased to welcome TOVA MIRVIS, author of the new memoir, The Book of Separation.
Born and raised in a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish family, TOVA MIRVIS committed herself to observing the rules and rituals prescribed by this way of life. After all, to observe was to be accepted and to be accepted was to be loved. She married a man from within the fold and quickly began a family. But over the years, her doubts became noisier than her faith, and at age forty she could no longer breathe in what had become a suffocating existence.
The Book of Separation is the story of a woman who leaves her faith and her marriage and sets out to navigate the terrifying, liberating terrain of a newly mapless world.
This event, co-sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive, is free and open to the public.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.