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by Ruth Rakoff


ISBN: 9781770867017

Format: Trade Paperback w/ flaps
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"


FIC019000 FICTION / Literary

FIC046000 FICTION / Jewish

FIC045020 FICTION / Family Life / Siblings

Price: $24.95


Publication Date: September 9, 2023

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During a teenage adventure abroad, twins Petal and Rose find their lives diverging in ways they could not have imagined, highlighting the complexities of their relationship and shrouded family history.


Free-spirited Rose becomes enraptured with the ultra-orthodox Jewish community, while Petal delays her schooling to watch over her sister. Saddled with too much responsibility, Petal’s clinical depression manifests in self-destructive behaviour. She finds refuge on a kibbutz, as her sister grows further from her, marrying a man Petal does not deem worthy.


Years later, Petal confronts her prejudices about her sister’s life, her resentment, and the effects of generational trauma on both their lives as she is called back to Toronto from New York City to support Rose during a crisis.


Told through the eyes of two generations, Untethered provides context and insights into orthodoxy, post-war experience, mental illness, generational trauma, and grief while laying the foundations for understanding and a path towards healing.


“Grab a copy of Untethered at your local bookstore and prepare to be transported into the enthralling, tragic, and messy world of Petal and Rose.”

— Jenna Vetsch, Alberta Jewish News

Untethered navigates between the solidity of a rock and the fragility of flowers. Rakoff’s reverence accumulates with the best of intentions as she honours her protagonist’s metamorphosis and hyphenated hybridity.”

— Michael Greenstein, The Miramichi Reader

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