by C. Devora (Viva) Hammer

Exit Husband

When men break free, what of their abandoned families?

One man’s freedom is another woman’s jail. Enforced Marginality: Jewish Narratives on Abandoned Wives by Bluma Goldstein (University of California Press, $39.95) is about that woman: abandoned by her husband but still bound to him by Jewish law, she is imprisoned by a web of shame and poverty.

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