Join us for a discussion of the book The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish. New book club members are always welcome. Request a copy of the books online or at any SCPL location.
"Kadish positions two women born centuries apart yet united by a thirst for knowledge at the core of a richly textured, addictive novel stretching back and forth through time, from contemporary London to the late seventeenth century. When Helen Watt, a seriously debilitated expert on Jewish history, joins forces with a graduate student to uncover the identity of the anonymous scholar who penned a sheaf of newly discovered seventeenth-century Jewish documents, the two race against both the clock and another team of academics in an attempt to unmask the long-overlooked “Aleph.” In 1660s London, Rachel Velasquez, a Jewish immigrant from Amsterdam, becomes a scribe for a blind rabbi. As a woman, she struggles against societal expectations and prejudices to achieve her ambitions. Meanwhile, Helen battles against the odds to uncover one last buried piece of history and give Rachel her due before it is too late. Kadish has fashioned a suspenseful literary tale that serves as a compelling tribute to women across the centuries committed to living, breathing, and celebrating the life of the mind." -- Flanagan, Margaret (Reviewed 5/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 17, p61)