The Majority by Elizabeth L. Silver

The Majority by Elizabeth L. Silver

If you follow me on Bookstagram, you may have seen that I received my first ever physical gifted book from a publisher this week.  Penguin Randomhouse and Riverhead books generously sent me an advance copy of The Majority by Elizabeth L. Silver in paperback.  This book was released in hardcover in the fall of 2023, and will be availble in paperback on July 9, 2024.  Of course, I read it for myself, and now I'm here to share my honest thoughts with you. 

First of all, The Majority is incredibly well-researched.  This is one of those books that will have you googling "is this real?" or "did this really happen?" and although this is a work of fiction, I found myself learning quite a bit about how the justice system works, and what it was like to be a Jewish woman coming of age in the aftermath of WWII in New York.  

This book as billed as "one woman's fight to become the first Supreme Court Justice" but I found that to be misleading.  This story is broken into four parts.  The first part details Sylvia's childhood as they welcomed her cousin, an escaped Auschwitz prisoner, into their home.  

The second part of the book details her law school experience and what it was like to be one of the first nine women admitted to Harvard law.  

The third section of the story covers Sylvia's professional career, with special attention paid to the first case she tries before the Supreme Court. 

The final section is set in Washington DC and talks about the time leading up to Sylvia's appointment to the Supreme Court. This section is less than 1/4 of the book.  While I enjoyed this story, it's much more focused on feminism and coming-of-age than it is on Sylvia's nomination and tenure on the court.  

Overall I highly recommend this book and gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ on Goodreads. If you enjoyed Lessons in Chemisty by Bonnie Garmus, The Majority is an excellent choice for your TBR.  


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