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Study for Obedience: A novel By Sarah Bernstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9781039009066
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Knopf Canada - August 22nd, 2023

This book caught me completely off guard. The language is so spare and beautiful. While clearly set in modern times (there is mention of cell phones) I had the feeling of reading something timeless.  I pictured the main character wearing a long muslin dress while binding figurines out of straw, taking care of chickens and scrubbing her brother's back. Her musings on being an outsider even a pariah whose religion and facial features instilled fear in her neighbors are also sadly timeless.