Winter is upon us, yet again. Although everyone seems always to be scurrying and hurrying, it’s important to find time to escape our hectic lives.
Unfortunately we can’t always go off to some exotic place. But winter is a fine time to settle into that comfy chair and escape through the magic of reading.
Books will take you anywhere if you let them-even to places that don’t exist.
Try some of these books of historical fiction and do some Jewish time traveling. They are listed in chronological order with the time and place.
Weinstein, The Heretic. Spain, 15th century. A historical thriller exploring the conflicts between Catholic, Muslin and Jews in the years before the Spanish Inquisition.
Rich, The Harem Midwife. Vienna, 1579. The continuing saga of Hannah Levi moves to Constantinople. Sequel to The Midwife of Venice.
Kadish, The Weight of Ink. London, 1660s and early 2000s. Interwoven stories of two remarkable women united by letters. Part mystery, part history.
Lukas, The Last Watchman of Cairo. Berkeley and Cairo, 19th and early 20th centuries and contemporary. A young man journeys from California to Cairo to unravel family secrets.
Belfoure, The Paris Architect. Paris, World War II. A gifted architect becomes a reluctant hero when he uses his design talent to hide Jews.
Cantor, Margot. Europe and US, World War II and after. What if Anne Frank’s sister had survived, moved to Philadelphia and taken on another identity?
Solomons, Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English. England, post-World War II. The sometimes funny, sometimes bitter-sweet story of a Jewish immigrant couple who escaped from Nazi Berlin.
Cantor, The Hours Count. New York City, 1940’s to 50’s. Historical novel about a woman who befriended Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
Piercy, He, She and It. Prague, 1599 and Tikva, 2059. Life as we know it has changed as this novel of morality and courage shows.
image: “Reading a book by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter” by Steve Rhodes is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.