The Weight of Ink

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun 6, 2017 - Fiction - 576 pages
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WINNER OF A NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD
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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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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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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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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
571
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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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