There Was Night and There Was Morning

A Memoir of Trauma and Redemption

By Sara Sherbill (Author)


Format Hardcover, Jacketed



There Was Night and There Was Morning

A Memoir of Trauma and Redemption

by Sara Sherbill
A searing memoir about growing up in a fiercely loving, abusive rabbinical family in which the author’s father, the charismatic head of a splinter Orthodox religious community, demands unswerving loyalty—and a commitment to guarding terrible secrets.

Sara Sherbill was raised by a father who was both a representative of God and a broken man harboring an intricate set of secrets. Her riveting story explores what happens when a daughter is tasked with keeping those secrets, and the cost of keeping them. It asks: How do we live with suffering? What does it mean to heal? In the face of unspeakable harm, what can be reclaimed? Sherbill’s tale, written with grace and brutal honesty, reveals her struggle to reclaim her identity as a daughter, woman, and now mother. Most of all, it’s a story about learning to live alongside our traumas without letting them consume us—what some might call redemption.
“Sherbill masterfully explores the fragile bonds of family and faith with courage and clarity. . . . She illuminates how darkness can coexist with compassion, how a father’s shadow cannot extinguish a daughter’s light.”
—Alyson Richman, internationally bestselling author of The Thread Collectors (with Shaunna J. Edwards) and The Lost Wife

"Revelatory and luminous . . . a spellbinding saga of domestic violence that shows us, with great precision and deep compassion, the lifelong aftershocks on an entire family. I couldn't put this book down, and now I can't stop thinking about it."
—Stephen Mills, author of Chosen: A Memoir of Stolen Boyhood (2022 Jewish Book Council memoir winner)

“This is an extraordinary piece of work. Powerful, beautiful, original. I am in awe of the command of voice. . . . A triumph.“—Mary Gordon, author of Pearl: A Novel

“Can prayers, if not well-kept, grow holes and spoil? What happens when rituals that keep us safe also betray us? After all our prayers have forgotten us, how can we learn to pray again? Sara Sherbill's There Was Night and There Was Morning is a spellbinding memoir that lays what is holy bare.“—Sabrina Orah Mark, author of Happily -

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Sara Sherbill writes about mental health, domestic violence, and Jewish identity. Her work has appeared in Slate, The Forward, Tablet, and Kveller. She has worked as an independent editor for the past decade after beginning her career at Alfred A. Knopf. She lives in Washington, DC.

Pub Date: 9/24/2024

ISBN: 9781454955313

Price: $26.99 / $35.99 CAN

Format: Hardcover, Jacketed

Pages: 272 pages

Trim: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0 Inches

Territories: WENG

Category: Reference

Publisher: Union Square & Co.