Book Talk! SHMUTZ by Felicia Berliner

Book Talk! SHMUTZ by Felicia Berliner

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Chevalier's Books

133 North Larchmont Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90004

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A shmooze about Shmutz: A Novel with author Felicia Berliner.

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"Berliner finds the bridge between ecstatic and carnal." --Raven Leilani, New York Times bestselling author

"Clever, subversive, juicy, and surprising....A stunner!" --Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

In this witty, provocative, and unputdownable debut novel a young Hasidic woman on a quest to get married fears she will never find a groom because of her secret addiction to porn.

Like the other women in her Brooklyn Hasidic community, Raizl expects to find a husband through an arranged marriage. Unlike the other women, Raizl has a secret.

With a hidden computer to help her complete her college degree, she falls down the slippery slope of online pornography. As Raizl dives deeper into the world of porn at night, her daytime life begins to unravel. Between combative visits with her shrink to complicated arranged dates, Raizl must balance her growing understanding of her sexuality with the more conventional expectations of the family she loves.

A singular, stirring, and compulsively readable debut novel, Shmutz explores what it means to be a fully realized sexual and spiritual being caught between the traditional and modern worlds.


Felicia Berliner has an MFA from Columbia University. Shmutz is her first novel.

Notes on parking in Larchmont Village:

Chevalier's does not have any parking, but there is paid meter parking on the street, a paid lot next to the bank, and free street parking parallel the Larchmont Blvd. on Lucerne Blvd.

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