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Hush, Eishes Chayil

Label
Hush
Title
Hush
Statement of responsibility
Eishes Chayil
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
After remembering the cause of her best friend Devory's suicide at age nine, Gittel is determined to raise awareness of sexual abuse in her Borough Park, New York, community, despite the rules of Chassidim that require her to be silent
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Amelia Bloomer List, 2012
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012
Review
  • Grades 10-12 In this stunning debut, Chayil (a pseudonym) takes readers into a cloistered society and exposes its secrets. Moving back and forth between 2003 and the present, Gittel, living in a Brooklyn Hasidic community, remembers her best friend, Devory. Her family seemed like any other, lots of children, ultrareligious, but one night when Gittel sleeps over, she watches as Devory’s brother forces Devory to do something under the covers. Gittel doesn’t understand. This is a community where teenagers in arranged marriages don’t learn about sex until days before the wedding. But when Devory hangs herself and the community covers up the reasons, Gittel is haunted by the girl she couldn’t help. Taken from an incident in her own life, Chayil’s cri de coeur might as easily have been published as an adult book. She does, however, have a wonderful way of getting inside a child’s head. Readers may have trouble with the story’s frequent Yiddish phrases and be shocked by its casual fear and hatred of “goyland.” But this is powerful stuff and a glimpse into places not often seen. -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 10-15-2010) (Booklist, vol 107, number 4, p59)
  • Gr 8 Up — After six long years, Gittel is still haunted by her friend's suicide. Now 17, she knows what happened to Devory and why, but their ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has refused to accept the truth. The incest that led to Devory's death is not acknowledged, because "that doesn't happen in our community." This thoughtful, disturbing, and insightful novel provides an insider's view of an insular society that denies the reality of rape and oppression within its ranks. Gittel is poised to be married to a good man, the best fate she can obtain. The present action of the story is the unfolding of Gittel's arranged marriage, from negotiations between the families and her only meeting with her intended groom, to the wedding ceremony, young married life and the birth of her first child. But the plot revolves around her internal struggles to reconcile her faith and culture with the awful secrets that she knows and has witnessed. Her own purity—and therefore desirability—is linked to her silence. Speaking out carries too high a cost in a society in which the appearance of holiness and probity is everything. Family and social life within today's Chassidic community are portrayed with affection for the warmth and the enduring values but with a clear eye for the vulnerability of the young and the hurt. When Gittel finally does try to tell her friend's story, she comes up against the powerful men of the community. It is fitting that it is through the written word that both Gittel and the author are able to speak for the Devorys of the world.—Carolyn Lehman, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA --Carolyn Lehman (Reviewed September 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 9, p148)
  • /* Starred Review */ Seventeen-year-old Gittel is preparing for marriage, and she hopes the shadchen, the matchmaker, picks a good husband. It's 2009 in this Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhood, where Yiddish is a first language and women work so men can study Torah all day. But if Gittel lives in accordance with God's law, why can't she forget what happened when she was ten years old? Interleaved chapters of Gittel at ten and 17 reveal two heartbreaking stories: the sexual abuse and subsequent suicide of ten-year-old Gittel's best friend, and Gittel's wholly believable breakdown seven years later. The community had lied to the police about the abuse, believing that negative attention is a Chillul Hashem, a transgression of God's name. The shameful cover-up is only one of the aspects of Gittel's community condemned, but just as many are portrayed lovingly: the joy in God, in music, in family. This painful, respectful story of redemption is well worth delving into Yiddish-laden prose. No Chillul Hashem here, but gemilut hasadim and tikun olam: serving the dead in lovingkindness, repairing the world. (Fiction. YA)(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2010)
Awards note
  • Sydney Taylor Book Honor, 2011.
  • Morris Debut Award finalist 2011.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
368973
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Chayil, Eishes
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
014-017
Interest level
UG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 12
Reading level
5.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sex crimes
  • Conduct of life
  • Jews
  • Orthodox Judaism
  • Friendship
  • Judaism
  • Suicide
  • Sexual abuse
  • Conduct of life
  • Jews
  • Orthodox Judaism
  • Judaism
  • Suicide
  • Conduct of life
  • Friendship
  • Jews
  • Judaism
  • Orthodox Judaism
  • Sex crimes
  • Suicide
  • Borough Park (New York, N.Y.)
  • Borough Park (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (State)
  • New York (State)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Hush, Eishes Chayil
Instantiates
Publication
Manufacture
Note
"Book design by Danielle Delaney"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
795697
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
359 pages
Isbn
9780802720887
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2010010329
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802720887
  • (OCoLC)567188444
Label
Hush, Eishes Chayil
Publication
Manufacture
Note
"Book design by Danielle Delaney"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
795697
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
359 pages
Isbn
9780802720887
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2010010329
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802720887
  • (OCoLC)567188444

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