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The Same Embrace tells the powerful story of two young men struggling against a heritage of intolerance and silence. Twins Jacob and Jonathan were inseparable while growing up in their second-generation-American Jewish family. As adults, though, they are almost hopelessly estranged--Jacob is a gay activist in Boston, while Jonathan lives the strict, disciplined life of anThe Same Embrace tells the powerful story of two young men struggling against a heritage of intolerance and silence. Twins Jacob and Jonathan were inseparable while growing up in their second-generation-American Jewish family. As adults, though, they are almost hopelessly estranged--Jacob is a gay activist in Boston, while Jonathan lives the strict, disciplined life of an Orthodox student at a yeshiva in Jerusalem. In the shadow of a tragedy, Jacob travels to Israel in the hopes of finding common ground with his brother. But his twin's new assurance and faith force Jacob to reexamine his own sexual and religious identities, as well as his place in his complex and haunted family history. An ultimate confrontation between the brothers lays bare the shattering secrets of a legacy that began during the Holocaust.Alternating between the present and Jacob's childhood memories, The Same Embrace moves gracefully from anger and alienation toward forgiveness and acceptance. A striking debut, this novel depicts a quintessentially American search for belonging....

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ISBN : 9780452279759
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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The Same Embrace: A Novel Reviews

  • Korey
    2018-11-03 01:30

    4.5 stars. This book really stirred my emotions. Lowenthal created a complex, dysfunctional family and discussed their travails with beauty and insight. I appreciated the time devoted to discussing different forms of Jewish practice. This book was simultaneously intimate and epic. It can be an emotionally punishing read but I loved it. If it had just a little bit more information about Jonathan's religious studies in Israel I would have given it five stars but this book is still really good. Go read it.

  • Michael
    2018-11-03 06:37

    Michael Lowenthal's debut novel explores the comples relationship between two Jewish brothers, one straight, one gay, and their shared family history. An absorbing look at one man's experience of his Jewish heritage in a decidedly modern world. Ironically, the book feels slightly dated for its 80's atmosphere.

  • Amanda
    2018-10-24 05:50

    Remember when there was this terrible book with crappy biblical allusions? OH YEAH ME TOO. JUST NAME THE OTHER TWIN ESAU AND DO IT FOR REALSIES.

  • Katie M.
    2018-10-23 00:56

    Some interesting ideas, but ultimately a pretty forgettable novel.

  • Damaris
    2018-10-30 04:35

    there's a shocking scene that kinda turn me off to the book.