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The Weight of Ink

(2017)
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Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st 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 17th-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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A beautiful, intelligent and utterly absorbing novel." - Margot Livesey

"Rachel Kadish draws us deep inside the vivid, rarely-seen world of 17th century Jewish London, conjuring the life and legacy of an extraordinary woman with an insatiable hunger for knowledge and education." - Kate Manning

"A gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuance, narration, and the politics of passion." - Toni Morrison


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June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Weight of Ink
Author(s): Rachel Kadish
ISBN: 0-544-86646-0 / 978-0-544-86646-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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May 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Weight of Ink
Author(s): Rachel Kadish
ISBN: 1-328-91578-6 / 978-1-328-91578-8 (USA edition)
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June 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Weight of Ink
Author(s): Rachel Kadish
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Title: The Weight of Ink
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Title: The Weight of Ink
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Title: The Weight of Ink
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