The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem: A Novel - Sarit Yishai-Levi ,  שרית ישי-לוי, Anthony Berris
I love Jerusalem, so the title, which seems incongruous, intrigued me. The story is well written, although the protagonist—and it's a little hard to tell who that person is because of all the bouncing in the story—is an absolutely horrible, totally narcissistic human being. I kept reading in hopes that she'd eventually outgrow her character flaws. The family's love for each other borders on the dysfunctional and enabling.

I enjoyed the historical aspect of the story, however, and that saved the book for me.