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The World Outside
by Eva Wiseman
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0887769810, Hardcover)An informative and powerful novel, The World Outside explores the life of a teenage girl in a fundamentalist Hasidic community who dreams of a different future.
Seventeen-year-old Chanie Altman lives the protected life of a Lubavitcher Hasidic girl in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, in 1991. Religion is the most important aspect of her life, and, like other Lubavitcher girls, she is expected to attend a seminary and to marry as soon as she graduates from high school. But Chanie has a beautiful voice and dreams of becoming an opera singer - a profession forbidden to a Hasidic girl. When she meets David, a non-Hasidic Jewish boy, he opens the portals to the world outside her fundamentalist community. The Crown Heights riots break out, and the Lubavitchers are put under siege by their African-American neighbors. A tragedy occurs. Will Chanie stay in the fundamentalist community she has always known in a life that has been prescribed for her, or will she leave it behind to follow her dreams?
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Like other girls in her tight-knit, religious community, Chanie Altman, is expected to attend a seminary and to marry as soon as she graduates from high school even though she has aspirations to become a famous singer. But as racial tensions explode into riots in Crown Heights, and Chanie's community comes under seige, will she choose to stay in the world she has always known, or will she leave it behind to follow her dreams?
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