The Forgetting River: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 16, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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The unexpected and moving story of an American journalist who works to uncover her family’s long-buried Jewish ancestry in Spain.

Raised a Catholic in California, New York Times journalist Doreen Carvajal is shocked when she discovers that her background may actually be connected to conversos from Inquisition-era Spain: Jews who were forced to renounce their faith and convert to Christianity or face torture and death. With vivid childhood memories of Sunday sermons, catechism, and the rosary, Carvajal travels to the centuries-old Andalucian town of Arcos de la Frontera, to investigate her lineage and recover her family’s original religious heritage.

In Arcos, Carvajal comes to realize that fear remains a legacy of the Inquisition along with the cryptic messages left by its victims. Back at her childhood home in California, she uncovers papers documenting a family of Carvajals who were burned at the stake in the 16th-century territory of Mexico. Could the author’s family history be linked to the hidden history of Arcos? And could the unfortunate Carvajals have been her ancestors?

As she strives to find proof that her family had been forced to convert to Christianity six hundred years ago, Carvajal comes to understand that the past flows like a river through time—and that while the truth might be submerged, it is never truly lost.
  

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Review: The Forgetting River: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition

User Review  - Elise - Goodreads

An interesting premise and many interesting and beautiful descriptions, as well as tidbits about Spain and Spanish history. Disturbing stuff too. But I was never quite sure what the author was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Merle - Goodreads

Journalist Doreen Carvajal has covered European news for The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune for over 25 years. During her travels, people have commented to her about her family ... Read full review

Contents

ONE Ancient Voices
THREE First Impressions
SIX The Enchantment ofFear
EIGHT AnUnfaithful Catholic
SIXTEEN Return to the Ottoman Empire
NINETEEN Below theRoses
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Doreen Carvajal is a Paris-based reporter for the The New York Times and a senior writer for the International Herald Tribune covering European issues. She has more than 25 years of journalism experience covering a broad range of subjects, from politics and immigration to book publishing and the media. She lives with her family near Paris.

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