The Weight of Ink

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun 6, 2017 - Fiction - 576 pages
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"A gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuance, narration, and the politics of passion."—Toni Morrison


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. 
 
When Helen is summoned by a former student to view a cache of newly discovered seventeenth-century Jewish documents, she enlists the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents' scribe, the elusive "Aleph."
  
Electrifying and ambitious, The Weight of Ink is 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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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

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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

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Contents

Part 1
3
Part 2
107
Part 3
219
Part 4
385
Part 5
479
Back Matter
563
Back Flap
569
Back Cover
570
Spine
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RACHEL KADISH is the award-winning author of the novels From a Sealed Room and Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story, and of the novella I Was Here. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times, Ploughshares, and Tin House. She lives in the Boston area. 

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