Not A Disney Ending For A Reason (Updated)


I received this email recently:

“I do want to share, we were picking the next few books for book club.  I was talking about your book and someone explained it so I get it now.

It was an Israeli woman.  She said Americans like Disney endings.  Everyone lives happily ever after.  Israelis like to leave you thinking. Your book leaves you thinking.  It’s memorable.  Any other ending It might not be in my thoughts.”

As an author, there’s nothing I hate more than spoilers.  But, I keep hearing comments and groans about the ending to The Kiddush Ladies, so I will respond.

I wrote an ending that may not be Disney, but it’s the ending needed to emphasize the point of the story.  Sometimes it’s our own irrational thoughts, actions, and decisions that prevent us from living “happily-ever-after.” As humans, we often permit emotional reactions to supersede logic thought.  And, unfortunately, we tend to take out our hurt on the people we love the most.

The Kiddush Ladies explores irrational thought and behavior at the most extreme level, while integrating the role of forgiveness.  Naomi learned to forgive and set herself free to be happy.  Becky couldn’t forgive her mother, which opened the door for bitterness, resentment and a desperate need to be in control.  She was tormented by the false truths she concocted in her own mind, which sent her spiraling into the realm of emotional torment and obsession.

(Huge spoiler alert in next sentence.)

I hope when you reach the final pages of the book that you put it down and think.

What really killed Noah?


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