update desk

New novel imagines a world with Jews in hiding

The Chosen People are “chosen to be persecuted and to suffer,” says a character in “The Bones of the World.”

Author Betsy L. Ross. Credit: Courtesy.
Author Betsy L. Ross. Credit: Courtesy.

Author, poet, documentarian and retired lawyer Betsy L. Ross penned her debut novel, The Bones of the World, in response to antisemitism, which she calls one of the most enduring forms of suffering, she told Idaho Press.

Rachel, the protagonist, hides in a mansion near a cemetery to survive a global assault on Jews. Another Jewish character struggles to understand and respond to antisemitism.

“What does it mean to be the Chosen People? You might say we were chosen to be persecuted and to suffer,” he says. “How then do we act in the moments of persecution? Do we fight back, or are we docile in accepting our fate?”

Ross previously wrote and directed a 2017 documentary, “Looking for David,” about her son’s death in 2012 from an opioid overdose. Grappling with that loss, she realized that “there was something else in suffering, a gift of some kind.”

According to Ross, “that is worked out in the book.”

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war. JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you. The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support? Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Topics
Comments
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates