By the age of 32, Ronit has left London and transformed her life. She has become a cigarette-smoking, wise-cracking, New York career woman, who is in love with a married man. But when Ronit's father dies she is called back into the very different world of her childhood, a world she thought she had left far behind. The orthodox Jewish suburb of Hendon, north London is outraged by Ronit and her provocative ways. But Ronit is shocked too by the confrontation with her past. And when she meets up with her childhood girlfriend Esti, she is forced to think again about what she has left behind. Winner of the Orange Award for New Writers 2006. First published 2006.
Winner of Orange Award for New Writers 2006 and Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2007.
'Funny, tender and insightful' Maureen Lipman, Guardian'A wonderful novel ... rich and fresh and fascinating' Sunday Times
Naomi Alderman was born in 1974 and was brought up in the Orthodox Jewish community in Hendon, London, where she now lives. She is a graduate of the University of East Anglia creative writing course and has published award-winning short fiction in a number of anthologies. This is her first novel.