A "four matzah-ball" read! As nourishing as a bowl of chicken soup, Evelyn Krieger's debut novel about one Orthodox girl's faith, family and friendships will warm your heart and soul. Ultimately, One Is Not A Lonely Number makes for good company--and adds up to a satisfying read. -- Melissa Schorr, author of Goy Crazy
A highly engaging, enjoyable read. Krieger offers a realistic look at Orthodox Jewish life, and she has created a charming protagonist in Talia Schumacher. This book should attract readers from within the Orthodox world and far beyond: it's accessible to outsiders, and insiders will recognize aspects of their lives that rarely appear in fiction. --Stephanie Wellen Levine, Author of Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey Among Hasidic Girls
Talia is a young teenage girl who cares about things that really matter (friends, family... and math!) and who is also funny, insightful, and very real. Readers of all backgrounds will relate to Talia's struggles to understand others and ultimately to appreciate her own uniqueness. --Yael Resnick, Publisher, Natural Jewish Parenting
One is Not a Lonely Number provides an authentic voice for Torah-observant teens. Characters that jump off the page and believable conflict and plot made this an enjoyable read. While Orthodox readers will appreciate the absence of groaners, the book is still accessible to those with less inside-knowledge. I particularly enjoyed the protagonist's synesthesia and math-obsession! -- Leah-Perl Shollar, writer
From the Back Cover
I'm Talia Schumacher and I'm a `one and only'. It's not easy being an only child in a community where all my friends come from big families. You'd think I'd get some peace and quiet, but my parents think our house is a hotel, and it's always full of guests. I never know who I'll bump into in the kitchen. All too often I'm bumping into Gabrielle, a twenty-three-year-old, soul-searching ballet dancer. I'd love to know what she's doing here, when she's leaving, and what her secret is. And I'm starting to wonder... is one a lonely number?