Tzippy Goldman was born for marriage. She and her mother had always assumed she8217;d graduate high school, be set up with the right boy, and have a beautiful wedding with white lace and pareve vanilla cream frosting. But at twenty-two, Tzippy8217;s fast approaching spinsterhood. She dreams of escape; instead, she leaves for a year in Jerusalem.There she meets8211;re-meets8211;Baruch, the son of her mother8217;s college roommate. When Tzippy last saw him, his name was Bryan and he wore a Yankees-logo yarmulke. Now he has adopted the black hat of the ultra-orthodox, the tradition in which Tzippy was raised. Twelve weeks later, they8217;re engaged...and discovering that desire and tradition, devotion and individuality aren8217;t the easiest balance. Hilarious, compassionate, and tremendously insightful, The Outside World illuminates an insular community, marvelously depicting that complicated blend of faith, love, and family otherwise known as life in a modern world.
In an Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, Shayna Goldman's daughter Tzippy falls in love with Baruch, who turns out to be the son of Shayna's old friend, Naomi--whose family is much less devout than the Goldmans. As the newlywed couple struggles to mature and to sort out their own complicated feelings, their parents also find themselves growing and changing.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Conflicts + Dualities, Love + Relationships + Sex, Human Qualities + Behavior, Peoples + Cultures, Literary, Family + Friendship
- Vintage Books
- May 10, 2005
- May 10, 2005
- Tova Mirvis