Get Talking: Bookclub Notes for The Covered Wife by Lisa Emanuel

Get Talking: Bookclub Notes for The Covered Wife by Lisa Emanuel

Looking for a great new book club read? Look no further. The Covered Wife is an intelligent, unusual and gripping debut that takes us from a seemingly perfect marriage deep into a closed community and asks: where would you draw the line?

Sarah is a smart, young lawyer working endless office 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. By the time the couple move to the Jamison Valley, where Menachem and Chani have established a community of believers, Sarah can’t imagine life without the friendship, purpose and love she’s discovered.

Four years on, youthful fervour has given way to something darker. 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.

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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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