Monday, April 25, 2016

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF JERUSALEM - Sarit Yishai-Levi

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 generations―from 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 forgiveness―and the unexpected and enchanting places we find each.

REVIEW

The stunning cover definitely attracted me to this novel. This emotion-evoking, multi-generational story is set in Jerusalem. It's about a troubled mother and daughter relationship. Lush prose against the turbulence of life in Jerusalem made for a vividly sensual tale. There is plenty to laud - secrets, unrequited love, ambition, aspiration, and love and death grace each page. The story is serious, made for contemplation and reflection, while describing a beautiful culture in a difficult decade. I highly recommend this novel for book clubs as it will spur wonderful discussions. 

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