And the Bride Closed the Door

December 3, 2020
And the Bride Closed the Door

A young bride shuts herself up in a bedroom on her wedding day,refusing to get married. In this moving and humorous look atcontemporary Israel and the chaotic ups and downs of loveeverywhere, her family gathers outside the locked door, not knowingwhat to do. The bride's mother has lost a younger daughter inunclear circumstances. Her grandmother is hard of hearing, yetseems to understand her better than anyone. A male cousin who likesto wear women's clothes and jewelry clings to his grandmother likea little boy. The family tries an array of unusual tactics toensure the wedding goes ahead, including calling in a psychologistspecializing in brides who change their mind and a ladder truckfrom the Palestinian Authority electrical company. The onlycommunication they receive from behind the door are scribblednotes, one of them a cryptic poem about a prodigal daughterreturning home. The harder they try to reach the defiant woman, themore the despairing groom is convinced that her refusal should berespected. But what, exactly, ought to be respected? Is this merelya case of cold feet? A feminist statement? Or a mourning ritual fora lost sister? This provocative and highly entertaining novellingers long after its final page.