The Marriage Box

Corie Adjmi

Tuesday, November 14 • 7pm


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The Marriage Box

In this crisp com­ing-of-age nov­el, Corie Adj­mi coura­geous­ly takes on a sub­ject close to her heart, and one that has not yet been told through the female lens: the world of the Jew­ish Syr­i­an girl.

Casey Cohen, Adjmi’s teenage pro­tag­o­nist, has been raised by Syr­i­an Jew­ish par­ents in the sec­u­lar city of New Orleans. When she is caught engag­ing in dan­ger­ous ado­les­cent behav­ior, her alarmed par­ents decide to move the fam­i­ly back to the tight-knit Brook­lyn com­mu­ni­ty from which they came — a world that is struc­tured, safe, and high­ly con­trolled. Casey is sum­mar­i­ly yanked out of her New Orleans prep school and enrolled in an ultra-Ortho­dox Brook­lyn yeshi­va, a reli­gious school where boys and girls learn in sep­a­rate class­rooms and the over­rid­ing ethos is ​“mar­riage trumps col­lege.” The mar­riage box is an actu­al place behind a swim­ming pool where sin­gle Syr­i­an girls lounge on dis­play. ​“They pose in flat­ter­ing posi­tions, lying on their backs to keep their stom­achs flat, flaunt­ing their fresh­ly waxed tan legs, hop­ing to attract their naseeb, their God-giv­en intended.” 

About the Author:

Corie Adj­mi is the author of the short sto­ry col­lec­tion Life and Oth­er Short­com­ings, which won an Inter­na­tion­al Book Award, an IBPA Ben­jamin Franklin award, and an Amer­i­can Fic­tion Award. Her essays and short sto­ries have appeared in dozens of jour­nals and mag­a­zines, includ­ing Huff­Post, North Amer­i­can Review, Indi­ana Review, Medi­um, Moth­er­well, Kveller, and oth­ers. The Mar­riage Box is Corie’s first nov­el. She is a moth­er and grand­moth­er and lives and works in New York City.

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