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The Weight of Ink

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The Weight of Ink

WINNER OF A NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD

A USA TODAY BESTSELLER

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

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. 
 
When Helen is summoned by a former student to view a cache of newly discovered seventeenth-century Jewish documents, she enlists the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents' scribe, the elusive "Aleph."
  
Electrifying and ambitious, THE WEIGHT OF INK is about women separated by centuries --- and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.

The Weight of Ink
by Rachel Kadish