Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Book Cover & Blurn: Brooklyn Love

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Brooklyn Love highlights 3 women in search of love in a culture strict on dating
Atlanta, GA – Having played matchmaker in her Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, Author Yael Levy has had many first hand experiences with the culture’s strict dating regulations. She showcases some of these tales in a fictionalized book she hopes will give some insight to what her culture is really like.
Brooklyn Love tells the story of three young Orthodox Jewish women struggling with the rules they must follow as each falls in love. Rachel’s parents aren’t fond of her choosing a Rabbi over a rich, Columbia University educated lawyer. Hindy is very pious and only wants to marry a Talmud scholar – but she’s in love with an Orthodox Jewish man at work. Leah wants to be a doctor, but her immigrant mother has her own fixed ideas about the course to success and marriage her daughter must take. The three women caught between the crushing guilt of defying their mothers and their desire to be normal are there for each other as they try to figure out who they are – and what they truly want.
With wide crossover appeal to teens and their mothers, fans of Pride and Prejudice will find a new story in Brooklyn Love about young women trying to find love in a highly regulated culture where family status determines a woman’s choices.
“I think people with different outlooks will enjoy comparing and contrasting the world I'm showing in the book to their own,” Levy said. “This is a culture and community that I was raised in and love. Ideally, I’d like readers to come to understand Orthodox Jews not as the ‘other’ – but as people with much of the same yearnings, dreams and feelings as everybody else!”
With the release of her book, Levy also helps grow a brand new kind of romance genre to fascinate people of all religions and backgrounds. Her next book Starstruck is too a Jewish Orthodox romance, and Levy calls the funny romp a Jewish take on Tina Fey and Steve Carell’s blockbuster hit Date Night.
This new genre is important to Levy especially after having lived in Israel for three years. She said the cultural nuances and her personal experiences as “a Jew in a Jewish country” were much different than her growing up in Brooklyn.
“It made me think that historically, all great Jewish communities outside of Israel eventually wane—if not disappear completely,” she said. “While currently vibrant…New York Jewry will probably go the way of every other community in the Diaspora, and I felt compelled to commemorate the experience of a certain culture at a specific time and place.”
About the book:
Brooklyn Love by Yael Levy
ISBN: 978-1440556555
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Date of publish: December 2012
Pages: 264
S.R.P.: $14.95
About the author:
A freelance illustrator and journalist, Yael Levy has been published in numerous venues, including The Jerusalem Post during her three-year stay in Israel just east of the bustling capital city of Tel Aviv.
She holds a degree in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. But it’s the questioning journalist inside her that has launched a new career in writing literature. Her debut novel Brooklyn Love hones in on Levy’s interest in the underlying thoughts and expressions of the Orthodox Jewish culture.
A native New Yorker, Levy currently writes for The Times of Israel about her experiences as a Jewish mother now living in Atlanta. She is also studying for a Masters in Law at Emory University.

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