I posted this request on Twitter last night (in an abbreviated form), and now I’m turning to My Machberet’s readers for additional input. Here’s the situation:
A friend of mine is co-chairing a temple book group. Since the temple membership includes many interfaith families, my friend thought it would be interesting to select a novel that deals with interfaith marriage for a future session.
I immediately came up with Joshua Henkin’s Matrimony, but I wouldn’t say that that book is “about” interfaith marriage per se. The fact that the two protagonists come from different religious backgrounds is far less essential to the novel’s plot, tone, and conflicts than are many other themes: illness, infidelity, etc. But perhaps that truth itself makes the book a good choice. So I’ve suggested that my friend consider Matrimony (as well as Henkin’s earlier novel, which I have to admit I haven’t read, but which Henkin himself has suggested deals with interfaith marriage in a much more forceful way).
But what else is out there? Ideas for my friend’s book group? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.