In this tragic tale of condemned love, Eliette Abécassis relates the heart-wrenching story of Rachel, who lives with her husband Nathan in Mea Shearim, the Hassidim quarter of Jerusalem. Their lives are ruled by the strict observance of ritual. After ten years of unusually happy marriage, they have not had any children, and Nathan’s father, also the rabbi, pressures his son to follow Talmudic law and repudiate his childless wife. Torn between duty and his love for Rachel, Nathan ultimately lacks the strength to stand up to his father and marries another. This depiction of Rachel’s silent cry of revolt will leave no reader unmoved. La répudiée has been nominated for this year’s Prix Femina. Rights sold in Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium.
Eliette Abécassis :
Eliette Abécassis is a graduate of the prestigious École Normale Supérieure. She has written several novels, including La Répudiée (Albin Michel, 2000; translated into English as Sacred by Aurora Metro Press), which the author adapted into the screenplay of the film Kadosh by Israeli director Amos Gitai; Mon Père (Albin Michel, 2002); Clandestin (Albin Michel, 2003); Un heureux événement (Albin Michel, 2005); and Mère et fille, un roman (Albin Michel, 2008.)