Between Gods, by Alison Pick

Find in catalogA memoir about how a woman who is already Jewish goes about becoming Jewish. Alison Pick, a Canadian writer who was raised Christian, finds out her paternal grandparents were Jews who left Europe at the start of World War II and passed as Christian. Alison feels not only connected to Judaism, but Jewish. But the path to conversion is not as easy as she thinks. Her family doesn’t understand, her boyfriend is supportive but not interested in converting, and the rabbi is against intermarriage. And Alison has her own conflicts: is her desire to become a Jew about her faith and identity, or about a futile wish to right the wrongs of the Holocaust? Well written, thoughtful, nonformulaic, and full of engaging dialogue, beauty, and some truly heart-wrenching passages, this book shares a very personal exploration of longing and identity.

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