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Rachel Kadish has written “I put words to paper because it's my way of metabolizing life,” and readers can be delighted with the nourishing and sustaining results in her novel, The Weight of Ink. As an historical novelist myself, I am awed by Kadish’s skill in balancing historic accuracy in thought and language to describe and create characters and dialogue from the 17th century, with the need to convey to a modern reader the synergistic themes and conflicts of identity, spirituality, love, passion and responsibility. Using another set of characters from the present to discover and interpret, with plotting to intersect the two centuries adds to the interest and complexity of this masterful work. Those with an interest in the history of Sephardic Jews in the European diaspora, and in epistolary novels will be particularly delighted. Favorite quote: “The greatest curse, he’d thought, was to be stuck in one’s own time- and the greatest power, to see beyond its horizons.”  

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