Hush by Eishes Chayil
Gittel, a seventeen year old, has been haunted by her friends suicide several years ago. Her friend, Devory, committed suicide several years ago at her house. No one wants to talk about Devory to Gittel. Gittel and Devory were apart of an ultra-orthodox Jewish community. Gittel must go around with the death of her friend on her mind even four years after the event. It eventually weighs heavy on her mind and life as she tries to move on with her life. Will she tell what she knows what lead to Devory’s death? Will anyone believe her? Will the community finally acknowledge what happened?
This story gives the reader a glimpse of what it is like to live in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community, Chassidim. It also touches on the issue of sexual abuse. The author draws the reader into the world of the Chassidim and I found myself empathizing with both Gittel and Devory even though I had very little knowledge of the Chassidim community. The author grew up in the Chassidim community so the story really shares the life in this community. I would recommend this book for both the delicate way the author shares about sexual abuse and the hiding of this issue especially in this community. The author enlightens the reader about the issue of sexual abuse without it being very graphic.