Add this Event to Calendar 08/20/2019 06:30 PM 08/20/2019 07:30 PM Book Club

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)

 

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