Mourning and Celebration
Mourning and Celebration: Jewish, Orthodox, and Gay by K. David Brody
Have you ever wondered how life would have been, had you been born one hundred years earlier? Mourning and Celebration is how author K. David Brody answers that question.
Within the framework of conversations with his alter ego who lived in a 19th-century shtetl, the narrator learns how a gay, Orthodox Jew like himself managed to emerge from the social pressures of his community.
Yankl is a brilliant scholar, a talented violinist, an only son and gay. Although blessed with social skills, he feels isolated as a young teenager. Subsequently, we follow his development through intense relationships with his family, rabbis, and lovers. This is a story of a personal search for validation and human rights, in a context where that concept was not yet understood.