By Light of Hidden Candles

October 16, 2017
Votes: 1

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Edited by Don Radlauer
Cover design by Yael Shahar
Formatted by Yael Shahar
Published Through Kasva Press LLC
Distributed by Small Press Distribution
Pitch Perfect Finalist

Author’s Summary

In a mud hut in the Jewish Quarter of 16th-century Fez, a dying woman hands her granddaughter a heavy gold ring—and an even heavier secret.

Five hundred years later, Alma Ben-Ami journeys to Madrid to fulfill her ancestor’s dying wish. She has recruited an unlikely research partner: Manuel Aguilar, a young Catholic Spaniard whose beloved priest always warned him about getting too friendly with Jews. As their quest takes them from Greenwich Village to the windswept mountain fortresses of southern Spain, their friendship deepens and threatens to cross boundaries sacred to them both; and what they finally discover in the Spanish archives will force them to confront the truth about who they are and what their faiths mean to them.

At times humorous, at times deeply moving, this beautifully written and meticulously researched book will appeal to anyone interested in the history of Inquisition-era Spain, Sephardic Jews, or falling in love.

Short Description

In 16th-century Fez, a dying woman hands her granddaughter a gold ring—and a secret. Five hundred years later, Alma Ben-Ami journeys to Madrid with her unlikely companion Manuel Aguilar to fulfill her ancestor’s dying wish; as their friendship threatens to cross sacred boundaries, their research reveals a shocking surprise.

Catchphrase

Forbidden romance—from the Inquisition to NYU!

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