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Leaving Egypt

Leaving Egypt

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Leaving Egypt takes place during the nineteen fifties in Cambridge, Boston and New York City, but behind its events lies the Bible's story of the ancient enslavement of the Jews in Egypt and their exodus to freedom. More than fifteen years since the end of World War II and the revelations of the horrors of the death camps and the crematoria, no one wants to think about the Holocaust.Bruce, a Jewish student at Harvard, decides that being a Jew has no meaning for him. He falls in love with Anne, a Radcliffe girl who seems to be almost his mirror image. But she looks critically at him, sees his evasions of reality and rejects the life he has chosen. She leaves him behind as she begins a voyage of self-discovery and learning. On the way she meets Daniel, a medical student connected to his Jewish identity. When she descends into the depths of Widener Library where the history of the Holocaust lies hidden in dusty, neglected books, one poignant photograph dramatically and shockingly connects her sorrow for the lost Jews to her love for Daniel.
Leaving Egypt takes place during the nineteen fifties in Cambridge, Boston and New York City, but behind its events lies the Bible's story of the ancient enslavement of the Jews in Egypt and their exodus to freedom. More than fifteen years since the end of World War II and the revelations of the horrors of the death camps and the crematoria, no one wants to think about the Holocaust.Bruce, a Jewish student at Harvard, decides that being a Jew has no meaning for him. He falls in love with Anne, a Radcliffe girl who seems to be almost his mirror image. But she looks critically at him, sees his evasions of reality and rejects the life he has chosen. She leaves him behind as she begins a voyage of self-discovery and learning. On the way she meets Daniel, a medical student connected to his Jewish identity. When she descends into the depths of Widener Library where the history of the Holocaust lies hidden in dusty, neglected books, one poignant photograph dramatically and shockingly connects her sorrow for the lost Jews to her love for Daniel.

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Publish date: Oct 2010
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Judith Civan’s Leaving Egypt is a delightful debut novel that weaves together the theme of the exodus from Egypt with a young woman’s search for her Jewish identity. As the book opens, Anne Tepper, a sophomore at Radcliffe in the 1950’s, is dating Bruce Fielding. Bruce is a nice enough Jewish fellow and clearly dotes on Anne, but something seems off. Every time something about Judaism or Jews comes up, Bruce bristles. Anne’s growing curiosity about Judaism angers Bruce and he pressures Anne to marry him and adopt his leave-it-alone attitude to Judaism. Anne rejects Bruce and meets Daniel, the brother of one of Anne’s girl friends. Daniel’s interest in Judaism is more intense than Anne’s , particularly in Holocaust studies. As Anne pursues her curiosity, her Jewish identity and its place in her life take center stage. Anne’s journey parallels the stages of the exodus from Egypt reflected in the titles of the three parts of the book—Bondage, The Red Sea, and In the Wilderness. Leaving Egypt compels the reader to turn the pages to find out what Anne will discover next. Civan’s first novel is a great start. Looking forward to the next!
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