Set in London of the 1660s and 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.
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 to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.
The Weight of Ink is the winner of a National Jewish Book Award and a USA Today bestseller.
"A gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuance, narration and the politics of passion."
"Rachel Kadish's The Weight of Ink is like A.S. Byatt's Possession, but with more seventeenth-century Judaism...A deeply moving novel."
"I gasped out loud…[Kadish has a] mastery of language…[The Weight of Ink
] was so powerful and visceral…Incredible…I haven't been able to read a book since."
~Rose McGowan, New York Times Book Review Podcast
Rachel Kadish is the author of the novels The Weight of Ink
, From a Sealed Room
and Tolstoy Lied: a Love Story
, as well as the novella I Was Here
. Her short fiction has been read on National Public Radio and appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology
, and her essays have appeared in The New York Times
and Tin House
. She has been the Koret Writer-in-Residence at Stanford University and a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, and has won the National Jewish Book Award, the Association of Jewish Libraries' Fiction Award, and the John Gardner Fiction Award. She lives outside Boston and teaches in Lesley University's MFA Program in Creative Writing.
Books will be available for sale at the event for $28 plus tax (hardcover) and $17 plus tax (paperback).
Books sales provided by Books Inc. Palo Alto.
Tuesday, November 13
Freidenrich Conference Center, Room F-401
$18 General Public | $15 Members and J-Pass Holders | $10 Students
Contact: Heather Shaw | (650) 223-8678 | [email protected]