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Set in New England in the late 60s, Star Crossed is the poignant, funny, and inspirational chronicle of an interfaith courtship at a time when interfaith love was exotic and forbidden.
When Bette met Richard in 1968, he was a seventeen-year-old Jewish kid. She, at twenty-one, was a Catholic college senior doing a student-teaching assignment at his high school. Seven weeks later, they were engaged. To say their two-year courtship was ill-received is an understatement. After graduation, Bette did not have the option of getting her own apartment. Instead she returned home, to parents determined to break up the unlikely couple. She was denied all contact with Richard. He was told to find a Jewish girl. The harder their families tried to pull them apart, the tighter they clung together.
This couple faced not one impediment to marriage, but four: religion, age (at a developmental stage when it is significant), education level, and the tenor of the times—a culture in which Jews and Catholics rarely married “outside.” Throw into the mix outraged parents, scornful siblings, snickering friends, legal obstacles, uncooperative clergy . . . and still, they persevered.
In the last decade, 45% of all U.S. marriages have been between people of different faiths. Today, there are a number of books about the technicalities of blending an interfaith family. Yet this is the only one written from the perspective of a blissful, forty-four year marriage that has withstood all the naysayers and skeptics. Cross-generational as well as cross-cultural, Star Crossed speaks to young men and women considering or entering an interfaith relationship; it challenges the old order espoused by their parents; and it is a nostalgic look back to a simpler time.
1Naomi Schaefer Riley, Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America. 2010: Oxford University Press.
BETTE ISACOFF has been a high school English teacher, juvenile probation officer, and computer programmer. She is also a registered nurse. Bette bred, trained, and exhibited Champion, Group, and Best in Specialty Show winning Finnish Spitz under the Kitsuna (reg.) prefix. She is credited with bringing the breed from total obscurity in this country to recognition by the American Kennel Club. Her writing has appeared in the AKC GAZETTE, (where she was also a breed columnist from 1988-1991), DOG FANCY, Golden Ages magazine, and The National Observer. She was the creator and twenty year editor of The Finnish Line (monthly newsletter of the Finnish Spitz Club of America), and is a professional member of the Dog Writers Association of America. Isacoff obtained her BA, and MFA in Creative Writing, from Albertus Magnus College. She and her husband reside in Orange, CT.
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