An Unorthodox Match is a powerful and moving novel of faith, love, and acceptance, from author Naomi Ragen, the international bestselling author of The Devil in Jerusalem.
California girl Lola has her life all set up: business degree, handsome fiancé, fast track career, when suddenly, without warning, everything tragically implodes. After years fruitlessly searching for love, marriage, and children, she decides to take the radical step of seeking spirituality and meaning far outside the parameters of modern life in the insular, ultraorthodox enclave of Boro Park, Brooklyn. There, fate brings her to the dysfunctional home of newly-widowed Jacob, a devout Torah scholar, whose life is also in turmoil, and whose small children are aching for the kindness of a womanly touch.
While her mother direly predicts she is ruining her life, enslaving herself to a community that is a misogynistic religious cult, Lola’s heart tells her something far more complicated. But it is the shocking and unexpected messages of her new community itself which will finally force her into a deeper understanding of the real choices she now faces and which will ultimately decide her fate.
Leah Howard sat there facing Rabbi Weintraub’s empty chair, rehearsing what she was going to say to him. She was surprised by her nervousness. After all, she’d been a top marketing executive in a spectacularly successful start-up....
Praise for An Unorthodox Match
“A splendid book.”—San Diego Jewish World
“A California girl chooses to enter an ultra-Orthodox enclave in Boro Park, Brooklyn, against her family’s wishes. Hidden secrets on all sides create questions and issues of how to belong, should you belong and where do we really belong.” —Ms. Magazine, "Eight Books That Will Transport You"
“Ragen packs this novel with complex characters, many given backstories that increase the understanding of current choices. [She] provides a depth of details about daily life and philosophy behind Orthodox traditions as a natural extension of the story but also allows readers a glimpse into a world most would never experience.” —Library Journal
“Reading Naomi Ragen is like having a warm visit with an old friend, complete with tea and rugelach....In An Unorthodox Match, as the title implies, a little rebellion goes a long way, and Ragen deftly guides us through these moral quandaries. Whether love or the law prevails, her novel and its conclusion is a worthy study in the richness and variety of our enduring people.” —Jewish Book Council
“Ragen asks why a secular Jewish woman might join an Orthodox community and whether it would be possible for her to find not only acceptance, but family.” —Kirkus Reviews