Book Club – The Weight of Ink
Monday, March 1 @7:30pm-8:30pm
Our March Book Club discussion of The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish will be facilitated by Lisa Lisser, Temple Shaaray Tefila’s Assistant Director of Religious School Engagement.
Rachel Kadish won the National Jewish Book Award for her 2017 novel, The Weight of Ink. Her short stories and essays have been read on US National Public Radio and have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, Salon, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. She is a graduate of Princeton University and New York University.
If you have any questions about this program, please email Beth Ann Dailey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Excerpt from Good Reads:
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.
As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of seventeenth-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation. Enlisting the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and in a race with another fast-moving team of historians, Helen embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents’ scribe, the elusive “Aleph.”
Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order reconcile the life of the heart and mind.
- Monday, March 1
- Event Category:
- Adult Engagement