Kuhns's new novel is Death in Salem.
Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Her reply:
I just finished a mystery titled Run You Down by Julia Dahl. This is the second (after Invisible City) and they are both great. Rebekah is the daughter of an Ultra-Orthodox woman who leaves the Orthodox community but finds she has real difficulty in adjusting to the outside world. One of the lines I most appreciated came from a young Jew who was contemplating leaving but couldn’t figure out, without the severe rules of his culture, how he would know what was right and wrong. Since I live within miles of Kyrias Joel, a Satmar Hasidic community, and have had numerous interactions with members, I find this culture both alien and fascinating. And the quote I just paraphrased resonated with me. For those of us in popular culture, navigating in a world of moral gray is something we’ve grown up within so we are more comfortable, mostly, without absolutes.Visit Eleanor Kuhns's blog and Facebook page.
This is a culture locked in fear, willing to turn a blind eye to child abuse rather than accuse another member of a crime that might bring shame upon them. In the context of a mystery, it also explores the complexity of leaving this kind of restrictive faith.
Both wonderful books.
Since I usually read a nonfiction book at the same time, I am also reading “The Forgotten Plague” about Tuberculosis. Although written in the 90’s – so I’m sure some of the current information is dated, this a pretty terrifying book. The author says several times that everyone is at risk since everyone breathes. TB is also an opportunistic infection, and has played a large part in HIV deaths.
Coffee with a Canine: Eleanor Kuhns & Shelby.
The Page 69 Test: Death in Salem.