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Book review: ‘The Orchard’ examines deep questions through the eyes of teens

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‘The Orchard’ by David Hopen, Ecco, 2020, 459 pages, $27.99

“The Orchard,” the debut novel of David Hopen, is a poignant and utterly devastating experience.

It is, on the surface, a coming-of-age/fish-out-of-water novel set in the conflicting worlds of Jewish Orthodoxy and secular academics. That conflict has been basic to works by other Jewish-American writers. 

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