The Mikvah Queen

The Mikvah Queen


In the anti-every thing hippie culture of early ’80s Ithaca, New York, what rituals can a woman borrow, steal, or invent to make sense of puberty? Jane Schwartz, a lonely, Talmud-quoting, disco-worshipping eleven-yr-outdated woman, builds a mikvah (Jewish ritual bath) in the porta-sauna of her middle-aged neighbor, Charlene Walkeson, in hopes of protecting Charlene from the ravages of cancer. Will Jane also preserve her fierce, fragile self? Out of fragments of disco, feminism, cooking displays, Christian salvation narratives and Jewish law, Jane forges her own theology. Winner of the Dana Award for the Novel, The Mikvah Queen is a exceptional exploration of postmodern Jewish identity, cancer, the confusion and promise of alternative culture, and the power of ritual.
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The Mikvah Queen
In the anti-anything hippie culture of early 80s Ithaca, New York, what rituals can a girl borrow, steal, or invent to make sens…

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