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Sotah

Sotah

Author(s): Naomi Ragen

Location(s): Israel

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

Set against the backdrop of Jerusalem’s ancient rituals, Sotah is a contemporary story of sacred and profane love, and a young woman’s struggle to reconcile tradition with freedom. Ninety three weeks on the best-seller list.Sotah introduces a family with three daughters approaching the age of marriage: Devorah, Dina and Chaya Leah. In the strict orthodoxy of their world, a Sotah is a wife suspected of infidelity who can be tried by ordeal to prove she is guiltless. Which sister could be capable of such a thought, let alone the act? Into the pious world of strict chaperoning and modest clothing, where a married woman’s hair must never be seen by a man other than her husband–insinuates this serpent suggestion of evil. Ragen’s powerful tale of three sisters spins endless questions: Which one? Could she? Did she? What changes could come into this orderly world because of unthinking actions?

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021