Beyond the Pale Author:Elana Dykewomon Beyond the Pale winner of the Lambda Literary Award tells the stories of two Jewish women living through times of darkness and inhumanity in the early 20th century, capturing their undaunted love and courage in luminous and moving prose. The richly textured novel details Gutke Gurvichs odyssey from her apprenticeship as a midw... more »ife in a Russian shtetl to her work in the suffrage movement in New York. Interwoven with her tale is that Chava Meyer, who was attended by Gurvich at her birth and grew up to survive the pogrom that took the lives of her parents. Throughout the book, historical background plays a large part: Jewish faith and traditions, the practice of midwifery, the horrific conditions in prerevolutionary Russia and New York sweatshops, and the determined work of labor unionists and suffragists.« less
This is one of the best books I have ever read! It is compelling and honest, and extraordinarily well written. The characters are fascinating, and the history is both accurate and informative. This is a very well crafted novel, and kept me engaged from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.