The Weight of Ink

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Text Publishing Company, May 14, 2018 - Fiction - 576 pages
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  • A doorstopping literary page-turner about two women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order reconcile the life of the heart and mind
  • Set across two London eras: the 1660s, just before the plague hits, and the early 21st century
  • The interwoven tale of Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam (the daughter of Jews who fled the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal then wound up in the Netherlands); and Helen Watt, an ailing historian and academic with a love of Jewish history
  • Has sold over 60,000 copies in the US in hardcover but has not until now been distributed or published in Australia and New Zealand
  • ‘A gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuance, narration, and the politics of passion.’ - Toni Morrison
  • Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, this is an ideal book club read. The author even suggests a book group menu to accompany the novel:
  • Reading copies available to the trade in mid-May: email requests to

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User Review  - pdebolt -

This is a thoroughly researched and well written book with many layers. It is an enlightening history of Judaism while following the lives of two women separated by centuries, who share a love of ... Read full review

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User Review  - tess_schoolmarm -

A breathtaking poetic journey of Jewish life in 17th century Amsterdam and London. Many Jewish families had fled the inquisition in Portugal and found it not much better in Amsterdam so hence another ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

Rachel Kadish is the award-winning author of the novels From a Sealed Room, Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story and The Weight of Ink, as well as the novella I Was Here. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times, Ploughshares, and Tin House, and has been anthologised in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and elsewhere. She lives outside Boston and teaches in Lesley University's MFA Program in Creative Writing.

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