By Allegra Goodman
In the summertime of '76, the Shulmans and the Melishes migrate to Kaaterskill, the tiny city in upstate long island the place Orthodox Jews and Yankee year-rounders dwell aspect by way of aspect from June via August. Elizabeth Shulman, a religious follower of Rav Elijah Kirshner and the mum of 5 daughters, is stressed. She wishes a undertaking of her personal, outdoors her family members and her cloistered group. around the road, Andras Melish is attracted to Kaaterskill by means of his adoring older sisters, guaranteed to him via their loss and wrenching break out from the Holocaust. either comforted and crippled by way of his sisters' love, Andras can't conquer the ambivalence he feels towards his teenagers and his personal appealing spouse. on the most sensible of the hill, Rav Kirshner is coming to the top of his lifestyles, and he struggles to choose which of his sons may still be triumphant him: the pious yet stolid Isaiah, or the intense yet worldly Jeremy. behind the curtain, alarmed as his loved Kaaterskill is overdeveloped through Michael King, the neighborhood actual property dealer, pass judgement on Miles Taylor retains an previous mystery in cost, biding his time....