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The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem
The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem: A Novel | Sarit Yishai-Levi
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The #1 International Best Seller!The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem is a dazzling novel of mothers and daughters, stories told and untold, and the ties that bind four generations of women.Gabriela's mother Luna is the most beautiful woman in all of Jerusalem, though her famed beauty and charm seem to be reserved for everyone but her daughter. Ever since Gabriela can remember, she and Luna have struggled to connect. But when tragedy strikes, Gabriela senses there's more to her mother than painted nails and lips.Desperate to understand their relationship, Gabriela pieces together the stories of her family's previous generationsfrom Great-Grandmother Mercada the renowned healer, to Grandma Rosa who cleaned houses for the English, to Luna who had the nicest legs in Jerusalem. But as she uncovers shocking secrets, forbidden romances, and the family curse that links the women together, Gabriela must face a past and present far more complex than she ever imagined.Set against the Golden Age of Hollywood, the dark days of World War II, and the swinging '70s, The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem follows generations of unforgettable women as they forge their own paths through times of dramatic change. With great humor and heart, Sarit Yishai-Levi has given us a powerful story of love and forgivenessand the unexpected and enchanting places we find each.
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chavalah
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Sometimes straining into the melodramatic, particularly in dialogue, this book is nevertheless an exploration into some complicated, often unlikeable women. We follow the Emrosa family, Sephardi (Spanish ancestry) Jews living in Jerusalem between the Great War and the 1970s. There's a lot of torrid history, obviously, plus a torrid domestic drama revolving around a family curse where husbands don't love their wives. Engrossing narrative. #JewLit

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JenniferSBrown
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Absolutely lyrical. A magical portrait of Jerusalem from the time of Turkish occupation through the 1970s. Ending was a little disappointing--rushed and a bit unsatisfying--but the rest of the book was so exquisite I still rate it as an amazing read.

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MarticaMustRead
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?☕???? #ReadingEquipment #ReadJanuary

For me, this is all I need:

?Comfy reading spot - my LoveSac sofa!❤
?Good lighting!?
?A warm fuzzy blanket to curl up in.
?A hot beverage- currently this is tea, but sometimes it's coffee or hot chocolate. ?☕?
?Paperclip- it's my place holder aka "bookmark"??

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Bree.Hill
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Need to pick up soon!

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Rhondareads
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Reading raves.A novel about mothers daughters family relations .Gorgeous title &cover💕

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Bakingbookworm
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Mehso-so

Interesting look at Sephardic Jews and the complicated relationships of mothers/daughters/sisters etc. But I struggled to get into the story, connect with the characters and the ending wasn't satisfying.