I ve never read anything quite like this lyrical and infinitely wise novel. . . . If books could shimmer, this one would. Elizabeth Berg, author of The Dream Lover
Spanning seventy years and several continents, this enthralling novel tells the braided love story of three unforgettable characters. In 1946, Walter Westhaus, a German-Jewish refugee who spent the war years at Tagore s ashram in India, arrives at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he meets Sol Kerem, a promising rabbinical student. A brilliant nonbeliever, Walter is the perfect foil for Sol s spiritual questions . . . and an alluring paramour for Sol s free-spirited fiancee, Rosalie. Months later they shatter their impossible bond, retreating to opposite sides of the country Walter to pursue an academic career in Berkeley, and Sol and Rosalie to lead a congregation in suburban New York. A chance meeting years later reconnects them catching three hearts and minds in a complex web of desire, heartbreak, and redemption. With extraordinary empathy and virtuosic skill, The Beautiful Possible considers the hidden boundaries of marriage and faith, and the mysterious ways we negotiate our desires.
Enchanting. . . . Read it once for its story, again for its wisdom, and one more time for its poetry and truth. Rodger Kamenetz, author of The Jew in the Lotus and The History of Last Night s Dream"