Felicia Berliner’s Shmutz is a tantalizing and witty journey through a woman’s struggle with tradition. Raizl is an 18-year-old Orthodox Jewish woman whose parents desperately want her to get married. While she would like to embrace the life she has always planned to lead, Raizl has a secret obsession that starts with her college-issued laptop: an all-consuming devotion to online pornography. With the unwanted guidance of a deadpan therapist, Raizl is determined to find love and change the habits she views as shameful. Schmutz is a tug-of-war between family and autonomy, between tradition and possibility, and between humor and tragedy. Recommended by Nikita

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Published: Atria Books - July 19th, 2022

“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 q