Allegra Goodman is an American author known for her novels, essays, and short stories. She has been recognized for her works that often explore themes of family life, religion, and culture. Some of her notable books include 'Kaaterskill Falls,' 'The Cookbook Collector,' and 'Intuition.' Goodman's writing has been praised for its rich characterizations and insightful observations of the complexities of modern life.
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Set in the 1970s, the book follows the lives of a tight-knit Jewish community that spends summers in the Catskills. The main character, a mother of five named Elizabeth Shulman, struggles with her role as a woman in a patriarchal religious community. As she yearns for a life beyond her prescribed role, she begins a small business, which is frowned upon by the community's spiritual leader. The book explores themes of faith, community, and the tension between individual desire and communal norms.