Abigail Warner has no reason to feel anything but joy on the morning her life falls apart. The epitome of the successful Jewish American woman, she is married to a well-known and respected accountant and in the midst of planning her daughter Cayla’s wedding. Cayla, too, wakes up that morning with the world in the palm of her hand. Having lived the charmed life of a well-loved child from a happy family, she is bright, pretty, and never really questioned the path she found herself on.
Until the front page of a newspaper screams out that Abigail’s husband and Cayla’s father has committed fraud. Cayla quarrels with her fiancé over the situation, and decides impulsively to take a time-out in Israel, where she once spent a wonderful summer. But when Cayla decides to follow a charismatic mysti to his desert commune, Abigail rushes to save her and both mother and daughter must make decisions that affect the rest of their lives.
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Naomi Ragen is the author of novels including The Sacrifice of Tamar, Sotah, The Covenant, and The Saturday Wife. Her books are international bestsellers, and her weekly email columns on life in the Middle East are read by thousands of subscribers worldwide. Ragen attended Brooklyn College and earned her master’s in English from Hebrew University. An American, she has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. She was recently voted one of the three most popular authors in Israel.