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Tova Mirvis


Tova Mirvis

Tova Mirvis is the author of the memoir THE BOOK OF SEPARATION, as well as three novels: VISIBLE CITY, THE OUTSIDE WORLD and THE LADIES AUXILIARY, which was a national bestseller. Her essays have appeared in various newspapers, including The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe Magazine and Poets and Writers, and her fiction has been broadcast on National Public Radio. She lives in Newton, MA with her family.

Books by Tova Mirvis

by Tova Mirvis - Memoir, Nonfiction

Born and raised in a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish family, Tova Mirvis committed herself to observing the rules and rituals prescribed by this way of life. After all, to observe was to be accepted, and to be accepted was to be loved. She married a man from within the fold and quickly began a family. But over the years, her doubts became noisier than her faith, and at age 40 she could no longer breathe in what had become a suffocating existence. Even though it would mean the loss of her friends, her community and possibly even her family, Tova decides to leave her marriage and her religious world and forge a new way of life. In order to do so, she must learn to silence her fears and the voices telling her who she is supposed to be.

by Tova Mirvis - Fiction

Nina is a harried young mother who spends her evenings spying on the older couple across the street, drawn to their quiet contentment. One night, through that same window, she spies a young couple in the throes of passion. In the coming weeks, Nina encounters the older couple, their daughter and her fiancé, and many others on the streets of her Upper West Side neighborhood, eroding the safe distance of her secret vigils.