The Ladies Auxiliary is told from the point of view of an entire community - sentences beginning with "we." It's unusual, but it works. The arrival of a new family, made up of a widow and her young daughter, to the insular orthodox Jewish community in Memphis, TN shakes up that very community. It's a story about loss, belonging, and people who just don't fit the mold. It's well worth a read.
I am so glad that I stuck with this book because, for me, it was a slow-starter. Once I became familiar with the rich cast of characters, I couldn't put it down! It took me a week to read the first three chapters, then a day to read the rest! I loved learning about Orthadox Judiasm. I grew up Catholic, so understand many of the ritualistic behaviors and mannerisms that Tova Mirvis wove into her story. Though-provoking and inspiring.
I simply loved this fish-out-of-water story. Mirvis GETS the Orthodox way and the difficulties of fitting in while still being apart -- and what happens when someone who legitimately ought to fit in just can't.
As an Orthodox woman, I found this book rather obnoxious. It's a shame, too, because the author is a good writer and her theme was an interesting one. I would love to have seen what could have been done with it had she not resorted to stereotypical characters and unlikely and inaccurate incidents to move her plot along.
I loved this book when I read it a few years back. It is the perfect book about a young free-spirited woman moving into an orthodox Jewish conclave and encountering all sorts of stumbling blocks to acceptance. It is fascinating to see the orthodox group of women and their teenage daughters in this community from the inside also. A fun and fascinating read.