How does a saucy, leftist Jewish girl, a victim of egregious child abuse, end up happily married to a noble and prestigious Orthodox Jewish bachelor?
A surreal, devastating journey leaves Miranda Portnoy alone with nowhere to turn. Scapegoated by a murderer, betrayed by her lover, and driven to her knees, Portnoy witnesses something astonishing when she turns to the God she doesn’t yet believe in.
Cinder-oy-la! How a Jewish Scapegoat Becomes a Princess reveals Portnoy’s voyage from traumatic American Jewish childhood to landing a choice Orthodox Jewish husband in Jerusalem. In a harrowing yet comical memoir, which brings her by turns into the arms of a Tantric master and face to face with the Divine, double-crossed by Ivy League administrators and encountering less than savory activities at an Orthodox Jewish seminary, Portnoy emerges from it all with faith. In wry, athletic prose wrought by tribulation, Portnoy acquaints her audience with mysticism, healing, and redemption as she experiences these herself in this inspiring survivor’s tale.
Experience the journey today!
Note: This story is also published in a memoir and essay collection entitled Making Meaning Out Of Madness: A Jewish Journey (© 2021 Miranda Portnoy).