In search of something

Tova Reich’s latest novel features maternal themes, international travel and flashes of reckoning on the bounds of Jewish life.

By ELAINE MARGOLIN
November 15, 2018 20:52
In search of something

A WOMAN walks along the beach in Mumbai as the sun sets.. (photo credit: VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS)

 
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There is a recent photograph of author Tova Reich in which she appears fearless and unbridled. We see a woman in her 70s with a hefty mane of disheveled gray hair that frames her regal face and piercing eyes that seem to see right through you. It seems to suggest that Reich has conquered her own demons and is reveling in the afterglow.

Yet, her latest narrative, Mother India, seems to say otherwise – and reveals an author still plagued by turmoil that seems to be pulsing through her. The book contains all of Reich’s customary ironic wit and bite about Jewish life and the demands of motherhood and daughterhood. It also zones in on the often corrosive effect of the men who rule over the Orthodoxy in which she was raised.

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