Life is full of difficult choices. Sometimes, we make a difficult choice and we hope for the best.
In Naomi Ragen’s 2010 novel, The Sacrifice Of Tamar, Tamar Finegold has it all. She is a happily married newlywed whose husband is gaining respect in their insular ultra-religious Jewish community. The only thing that would make her life complete would be a child. Then she is raped and discovers that she is not pregnant by her husband, but by the man who raped her. Deciding not to go to the police, Tamar does not know that the decision she makes will have a lasting impact on her family a generation later.
I found this book, among all of the books of Ms. Ragen’s that I have read, to be the most riveting. To be a young newlywed in Tamar’s shoes, to experience what she went through and than have to make a decision with severe consequences no matter what you choose is heartbreaking.
I absolutely recommend it.