1978 first edition (mfg. code 1-10); William Morrow and Company publishers, New York; hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good with very minor edge wear.
While her husband, a rabbi, serves a suburban congregation in Gateshead, Long Island, and encounters a host of typical and unusual situations, Rachel Sonnshein searches for personal fulfillment.
EAST HAMPTON RACHEL is the rabbi's wife. She and Rabbi Sunshine live on the Island's North Shore, where Rachel attends to the duties that are those of most rebbetzin. She mothers her children, marches for peace, writes and keeps track of baseball scores. Rachel Sunshine also knows the emotions that go with having a husband who has been discharged by one of his congregations.
So does Sylvia Tennenbaum, another Long Islander, who is the mother of three children, a veteran of the peace movement, a published writer, baseball nut and rabbi's wife.
Rachel and Sylvia share a lot. “She really is not me,” said Sylvia Tennenbaum the other afternoon as she sat cross‐legged on her sofa, sipping coffee and talking about Rachel Sunshine.
But Rachel Sunshine is not Mrs. Tennenbaum's neighbor, friend, confidante or even comrade in crisis; she is, in fact, the heroine of her recently completed novel. The book, “Rachel, the Rabbi's Wife,” is the story of a year in the life of a Long Island woman who lives in the mythical North Shore village of Gateshead.