On Tour 07/08/23-08/28/23 “The Marriage Box” by Corie Adjmi

Release Date:
May 2, 2023

About The Book:

Casey Cohen, a Middle Eastern Jew, is a sixteen-year-old in New Orleans in the 1970s when she starts hanging out with the wrong crowd. Then she gets in trouble and her parents turn her whole world upside down by deciding to return to their roots, the Orthodox Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn.

In this new and foreign world, families gather weekly for Shabbat dinner; parties are extravagant events at the Museum of Natural History; and the Marriage Box is a real place, a pool deck designated for teenage girls to put themselves on display for potential husbands. Casey is at first shocked by this unfamiliar culture, but after she meets Michael, she’s enticed by it. Looking for love and a place to belong, she marries him at eighteen, believing she can adjust to Syrian ways. But she begins to question her decision when she discovers that Michael doesn’t want her to go to college; he wants her to have a baby instead.

Can Casey integrate these two opposing worlds, or will she have to leave one behind in order to find her way?

About The Author:

Corie Adjmi grew up in New Orleans and started writing in her thirties. Her award- winning fiction and personal essays have appeared in dozens of publications including North American Review, Indiana Review, Huff Post, Medium, Motherwell and Kveller. Her first book-length publication was a collection of short stories titled Life and Other Shortcomings. The collection won a number of prizes including an International Book Award, an American fiction award and an IBPA: Benjamin Franklin Award. When she is not writing, Corie does volunteer work, cooks, bikes and hikes. She and her husband have five children and a number of grandchildren, with more on the way. She lives and works in New York City. https://corieadjmi.com/

Social Media:

Instagram: https://instagram.com/corieadjmi

Book Blurbs: 

“A nuanced look at one woman’s conflicted desire to break free from a regimented life.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The Marriage Box is a wonderfully delightful page-turner that takes a deep dive into the intricacies of the Syrian Jewish community in New York. With humor, insight, and grace, Adjmi examines the plight of a spit-fire teenager who struggles to find where she fits in the world. As Casey Cohen journeys from wild teen to 18-year-old married woman, she will win every last reader’s heart with her witty commentary, down-to-earth attitude, and courageous spunk. An unquestionable joyride from start to finish. This book is a must-read!”—Jacqueline Friedland, USA Today best-selling author of He Gets That From Me

“The Marriage Box is a brilliant coming of age story that moves swiftly between the worlds of New Orleans and the Syrian Jewish community in NY. Our heroine, Casey, is flawed, kind and so vivid. We fall in love with her as she grapples to balance her need for independence with the comforts and constraints of tradition. I can’t remember when I last enjoyed a story so much: I laughed, I cried, I learnt, and couldn’t wait to turn the page to find out what Casey was going to do next. The Marriage Box is an absolute delight!”—Ariana Neumann, New York Times best-selling author of When Time Stopped and National Jewish Book Award and Dayton Literary Peace Prize winner

“This book was real and authentic, giving the reader a stunning storyline and a unique cast of characters. There is so much growth and change within this story and it is so well written…I would highly recommend this book to anyone.”

—Readers Favorite, 5 STARS 

“Corie Adjmi’s fabulous novel The Marriage Boxis an unputdownable tale of Old World traditions-meets-New World desires. Adjmi doesn’t hold back in this coming-of-age tale of a young woman who loses herself early on, shaped by a destructive past. The writing is rich, immersive, and seamless. You will root for Casey as she forges her own way in a patriarchal world. A must-read.”—Lisa Barr, award-winning author of Woman on Fire, The Unbreakables, and Fugitive Colors

“Adjmi has written a fascinating story of culture and custom and the choices that go along with it. Compelling and compulsively readable; I found myself rooting for Casey Cohen as I flipped through the pages, finishing in one single sitting. A must-read.”

—Rochelle Weinstein, USA Today best-selling author of This Is Not How It Ends, Somebody’s Daughter, Where We Fall, The Mourning After, and What We Leave Behind

“I couldn’t put The Marriage Box down. Alternately funny and heart-wrenching, but always deftly observed, this is a fast-paced coming of age story that will stick with you.”—Jen Spyra, author of Big Time and former staff writer for CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Bloggers On Tour:

July 8th- Biblio Reviews https://instagram.com/biblioreviews

July 8th- Texacali Books https://instagram.com/texacalibooks 

July 12th – Bookapotamus https://instagram.com/bookapotamus 

July 17th- Plains Reading https://instagram.com/plains_reading

July 17th- Bryant Park Books https://instagram.com/bryantparkbooks

July 19th- Miss W Book Reviews https://instagram.com/misswbookreviews

July 20th- Lindas Book Obsession https://www.facebook.com/lindasbookobsession/ 

July 25th- Nurse Bookie https://instagram.com/nurse_bookie

Aug. 3rd- Mrs Boom Reads https://instagram.com/mrsboomreads 

Aug. 7th- Sarahs Bookish Reviews https://instagram.com/sarahs.bookish.reviews

Aug. 7th- Just Another Mother With Books https://instagram.com/just_another_mother_with_books

Aug. 10th- Reading With Remy https://instagram.com/readingwithremy

Aug. 17th- Grounded in Reads https://instagram.com/groundedinreads

Aug. 19th- CMT Loves Wine and Books https://instagram.com/cmtloveswineandbooks

Aug. 27th- Books And Beabulls https://instagram.com/books_and_beabulls

Aug. 28th- Subakka Bookstuff https://instagram.com/subakka.bookstuff

Aug. 28th- Books and Coffee MX https://instagram.com/booksandcoffeemx

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