Rachel Kadish – The Weight of Ink

Two timelines. In modern-day London, Helen Watt and Aaron Levy find an important collection of letters dating back to 17th Century. This discovery’s not only invaluable as a historical document but also as evidence of what Jewish Europeans had to endure during the time of the Inquisition and the fictitious Popish Plot. In the sections of the novel set in 17th Century we read about instead Ester Velasquez, a charming, highly intelligent young Jewish woman, whose hunger for knowledge cannot be fulfilled because as a woman she’s not allowed to study. These timelines intertwine, and slowly the pieces of the whole story untangle, fascinating and engaging the reader. A must-read if you love books and history.