A Dark and Intriguing Debut: Read an Extract from The Covered Wife by Lisa Emanuel

A Dark and Intriguing Debut: Read an Extract from The Covered Wife by Lisa Emanuel

The men dance. Some throw their arms around each other, making tight heaving circles, their heads almost touching, their legs shuffling, the circles moving around and around, a black and white kaleidoscope. Others weave a snaking line through the spaces in between: man after man, his damp waist cupped by the warm hands of another, beneath his own palms the softness of the next man’s belly. At the head, an elfin man with a wild beard and curling side-locks takes loping steps, lifts his eyes heavenwards, and yells his prayers directly to the Almighty.

The sweat drips from their faces, pooling on the parquetry floor. A man slips, the smooth soles of his shoes sliding awkwardly, and is hoisted back into step by the men on either side, the circle continuing without pause, around and around, faster and faster, until the men become a blur, a pulsing entity in a frenzy of worship…

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          Publisher details

          The Covered Wife
          Author
          Lisa Emanuel
          Publisher
          Pantera Press
          Genre
          Fiction
          Released
          01 June, 2021

          Synopsis

          I think I have been here like this – still, but awake; quiet, but wound tight as a spring shoved into a box – since I lay down, not long after dark. But I must have slept, slept then woken, shifted from blessed nothingness to tortured waiting. Sarah is a smart, young lawyer working endless hours when she falls head over heels for Daniel – handsome, passionate and part of the kind of large, chaotically loving family Sarah longed for as the only child of a single mother. When Daniel introduces her to a charismatic young couple, Rabbi Menachem Lev and his wife, Chani, despite herself, Sarah is drawn in by their progressive beachside synagogue and the song, feasting and friendship that come with it. By the time she and Daniel move to the Jamison Valley with the other believers, Sarah can't imagine life without the joy, meaning and love they've discovered. Four years on, youthful fervour has given way to something darker. As the community celebrates the wedding of a beautiful young convert and a much older divorcee, a series of terrifying truths emerges that tear Sarah's world apart, and cause her to question everything – her faith, her marriage and her future. Intelligent, unusual and gripping, The Covered Wife is the debut novel of Sydney author Lisa Emanuel. This captivating story takes us from a seemingly perfect marriage deep into a closed community, and asks 'Where would you draw the line?'
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          About the author

          Lisa Emanuel

          Born in New Zealand, Lisa Emanuel has lived in Wellington, Jerusalem and Sydney. She’s worked as a political staffer, a judge’s associate, a lawyer, and in marketing and communications. She has studied at the Faber Writing Academy in Sydney, completed a mentorship with the novelist Kathryn Heyman, and in 2016 was awarded Highly Commended in the ASA Mentorship Prize. She lives in Sydney with her husband and three children. Shortlisted for the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award, 'The Covered Wife' is her first novel. Her second is a work in progress.

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