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****Seven Blessings

by Ruchama King

Reviewed August 3, 2004.
St. Martin’s Press, New York, 2003.  258 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (F KIN).
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2004, #4, Literary Fiction

I’m going to recommend Seven Blessings the next time someone comes to the library looking for “a nice story.”  (You’d be surprised how often that happens.)

Seven Blessings is set in modern-day Israel, but it’s not a novel about war or politics.  Instead, the book focuses on Beth, a 39-year-old American who’s been living in Israel for five years.  She isn’t married, and she’s tired of the way all of her married acquaintances seem disappointed in her.  She wonders if something’s wrong with her.  She decides to use the services of a matchmaker.

The novel looks at some other people who use a matchmaker as well.  Binyamin is a man who knows what he doesn’t want in a life partner, but doesn’t seem to know what he does want.  We also see something of the lives of two matchmakers themselves.  In the process of meeting these interesting people, we explore questions about marriage and soulmates and life and trying to please God.

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