Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman

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.

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