Rashi's Daughters, Book I: Joheved
A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France
ISBN 9780452288621 | 384 pages | 31 Jul 2007 | Plume | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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The first two novels in a dramatic trilogy set in eleventh-century France about the lives and loves of three daughters of the great Talmud scholar“A forceful novel of the power of learning, faith, and the two sides of love.”
In 1068, the scholar Salomon ben Isaac returns home to Troyes, France, to take over the family winemaking business and embark on a path that will indelibly influence the Jewish world—writing the first Talmud commentary, and secretly teaching Talmud to his daughters.
Joheved, the eldest of his three girls, finds her mind and spirit awakened by religious study, but, knowing the risk, she must keep her passion for learning and prayer hidden. When she becomes betrothed to Meir ben Samuel, she is forced to choose between marital happiness and being true to her love of the Talmud.
Rich in period detail and drama, Joheved is a must read for fans of Tracy Chevalier’s Girl With a Pearl Earring.
Midwest Book Review
“Anton has reimagined the life and world of the famed eleven-century biblical teacher Rashi through the lives of his three daughters.…Readers will definitely be hooked on this series.”
“Impressive work…a fine storyteller…an absorbing, detailed account.”
“The writing successfully captures the pace of medieval life and pulls the reader into the details of the characters’ lives.”
—Jewish Times News
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