enforced The Veil Hawley describes how, among Amish women, one’s degree of orthodoxy governs details such as how a bonnet is tied and whether a dress is fastened with straight pins or snaps.
The Veil is made all the more readable by its smorgasbord of approaches, from autobiographical reflections to historical and sociological accounts and comic strips. I enjoyed Michelle Auerbach’s account of how, after being reared by hippie ‘‘ cultural relativists’’, she rebelled by reconnecting with her Jewish roots, learning to pray and to keep kosher. But although she longs to embrace the norms of her new social circle in their entirety, she cannot quite bring herself to embrace the veil. Her mother’s reproving voice rings in her ears, wanting to know how she could choose ‘‘ a rayon dress and a synthetic wig and pantyhose in August’’ when her parents’ genera-