The Weight of Ink
WINNER OF A NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD
A USA TODAY BESTSELLER
An intellectual and emotional jigsaw puzzle of a novel for readers of A. S. Byatt's Possession and Geraldine Brooks's People of the Book
Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.
As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of seventeenth-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation. Enlisting the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and in a race with another fast-moving team of historians, Helen embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents' scribe, the elusive "Aleph."
Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - janerawoof - LibraryThing
Labyrinthine literary mystery I couldn't put down. A cranky old professor, Helen, and the graduate student helping her. Aaron, in present-day England are trying to unravel the sense of a group of ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - quondame - LibraryThing
I found this more pretentious than profound. It could have covered this young 17th century Jewish woman doesn't like being relegated to womanly duties but must be a scholar wrapped in an 21st century ... Read full review