Book Review: Stainer: A Novel of the “Me” Decade by Iolanthe Woulff (1546647120)

51FWJV6m-TL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_“It is a poignant truth of our heedless youthful years, that the events and encounters of a single night can so alter the course of a young person’s life that it will be changed forever”.

Benjamin Steiner, spoiled Columbia undergraduate, devout Orthodox Jew virgin meets two women who will change his life forever.

P.T. Deighland, snarky Princeton undergraduate, drug dealer, player and Benjamin’s means of rebellion.

Rebecca Glaser, new N.Y.U. transfer to Columbia, intelligent, Jewish and is leaving for Israel for a month to Benjamin’s surprise and frustration.

Anthea Montague, Ford model, Southern, beautiful and Benjamin’s yaitzer ha’ra (Hebrew for ‘evil inclination’).

Does he, or doesn’t he?  This is a coming of age story which seems predictable, but with Woulff’s gift of prose and character detail, it comes to life and putting it down is not an option.  As always, a great read!

Thank you to Ms. Woulff for giving me the opportunity to review her book.