Benji is a good Jewish boy just getting his life started in DC. One day, a fellow shopkeeper brings an old rabbi to rest on the couch in Benji’s office. Benji, with little better to do, befriends the lonely and somewhat difficult man. Fate steps in. The relationship helps Benji learn that “it is not your duty to complete the work, neither are you free to desist from it,” an understanding that helps Benji realize that his sexual orientation does not have to drive him away from his faith, his family, or his love. This sweet story reminds us that striving for personal authenticity can result in a life where we have it all. Kensington (kensingtonbooks.com). —Review: Angel Curtis
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