Naomi Alderman takes on Britain’s Jews
This spring, Naomi Alderman made a big splash in the U.K. with her prize-winning debut novel, Disobedience. It follows Ronit Krushka, the prodigal daughter of an esteemed rabbi who returns to London after her father’s death. The story includes many un-Orthodox transgressions, including an adulterous affair between two women.
Alderman is herself Orthodox, born and raised in the neighborhood of Hendon, where she sets her novel and lives today. She talks to Nextbook about outspokenness and temerity, British television, and Howard Jacobson’s take on Harold Pinter.
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