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I Am Forbidden - A Novel

Anouk Markovits

A family is torn apart by fierce belief and private longing in this unprecedented journey deep inside the most insular Hasidic sect, the Satmar. In 1939, five-year-old Josef witnesses the murder of his family by the Romanian Iron Guard. He is taken in by a Gentile maid, who raises him as her own son. Five years later, Josef rescues a young girl, Mila, whose parents are killed in the wake of Nazi deportations. Josef helps Mila find safety with Zalman Stern, a leader in the Satmar community, in whose home Mila is raised as a sister to Zalman's daughter, Atara. The two girls form a fierce bond, but as they mature, Atara feels trapped by the restraints of Jewish fundamentalism, while Mila embraces her faith and her role as a respected young woman in her community. When Josef returns and chooses Mila to be his bride, she eagerly strives to be an ideal wife, but a desperate choice after ten years of childless marriage threatens to separate her from everything-and everyone-she cherishes. A beautifully crafted, emotionally gripping story of what happens when unwavering love, unyielding law, and centuries of tradition collide, I Am Forbidden announces the arrival of an extraordinarily gifted new voice and opens a startling window on a world long closed to most of us, until now.

A family is torn apart by fierce belief and private longing in this unprecedented journey deep inside the most insular Hasidic sect, the Satmar. In 1939, five-year-old Josef witnesses the murder of his family by the Romanian Iron Guard. He is taken in by a Gentile maid, who raises him as her own son. Five years later, Josef rescues a young girl, Mila, whose parents are killed in the wake of Nazi deportations. Josef helps Mila find safety with Zalman Stern, a leader in the Satmar community, in whose home Mila is raised as a sister to Zalman's daughter, Atara. The two girls form a fierce bond, but as they mature, Atara feels trapped by the restraints of Jewish fundamentalism, while Mila embraces her faith and her role as a respected young woman in her community. When Josef returns and chooses Mila to be his bride, she eagerly strives to be an ideal wife, but a desperate choice after ten years of childless marriage threatens to separate her from everything-and everyone-she cherishes. A beautifully crafted, emotionally gripping story of what happens when unwavering love, unyielding law, and centuries of tradition collide, I Am Forbidden announces the arrival of an extraordinarily gifted new voice and opens a startling window on a world long closed to most of us, until now.
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A family is torn apart by fierce belief and private longing in this unprecedented journey deep inside the most insular Hasidic sect, the Satmar. In 1939, five-year-old Josef witnesses the murder of his family by the Romanian Iron Guard. He is taken in by a Gentile maid, who raises him as her own son. Five years later, Josef rescues a young girl, Mila, whose parents are killed in the wake of Nazi deportations. Josef helps Mila find safety with Zalman Stern, a leader in the Satmar community, in whose home Mila is raised as a sister to Zalman's daughter, Atara. The two girls form a fierce bond, but as they mature, Atara feels trapped by the restraints of Jewish fundamentalism, while Mila embraces her faith and her role as a respected young woman in her community. When Josef returns and chooses Mila to be his bride, she eagerly strives to be an ideal wife, but a desperate choice after ten years of childless marriage threatens to separate her from everything-and everyone-she cherishes. A beautifully crafted, emotionally gripping story of what happens when unwavering love, unyielding law, and centuries of tradition collide, I Am Forbidden announces the arrival of an extraordinarily gifted new voice and opens a startling window on a world long closed to most of us, until now.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rosalyn Landor

Length:

7h 19m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:23


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:28


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:18


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:19


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:25


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:29


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:54


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:47


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:04


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:32


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:53


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:06


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:30


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:02


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:26


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:39


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:09


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:26


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:49


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:48


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:40


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:12


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:07


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:21


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:29


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:22


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:02


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:56


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:44


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:33


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:23


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:15


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:42


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:59


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:51


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:40


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:53


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:20


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:59


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:19


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:42


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:02


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:00


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:23


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:59


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:35


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:11


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:59


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:39


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:24


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:49


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:14


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:09


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:39


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:31


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:27


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:49


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:44


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:09


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:32


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:22


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:44


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:49


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:40


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:16


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:39


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:16


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:41


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:56


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:26


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:49


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:16


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

01:11


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

00:35