Judy Brown wrote the controversial novel Hush -- a finalist for the 2011 Sydney Taylor Award for outstanding book on the Jewish experience -- under a pseudonym because of feared backlash from the Chassidic world. Brown's identity has since been revealed and she has left Chassidism. She has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine and has written for the Huffington Postand the Jewish Daily Forward. She holds a master's in creative writing and lives in New York City.
"An instant classic....With echoes of Scout Finch, the feisty
Menuchah guides readers on an unforgettable journey of love,
justice and compassion."---Leah Vincent, author of Cut Me Loose:
Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood
"I love books about families and this one is so warm and funny that I couldn't put it down....This Is Not a Love Story actually is one."--Nina Stibbe, author of Man at the Helm and Love, Nina
"In this thoughtful and engaging memoir, Judy Brown offers a fascinating glimpse into a world, a family, a life....I was utterly absorbed."--Jennifer Traig, author of Devil in the Details and Well Enough Alone
"Vividly capturing the voice of her younger self, Brown portrays an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community marked by piety, prejudice, and superstition, and her loving family roiled by the mystifying, often terrifying, affliction of her younger brother.... A tender story gently told."---Kirkus Reviews