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"I believe that fiction is formed truth…I believe that legend is how we read between the lines." Nomi Eve's magical first novel is a richly textured history of six generations in one family, beginning in nineteenth-century Jerusalem and ending in present-day Boston. Narrated by a character also named Nomi, she retells the legends first heard from her father, set in the family orchard.
Expertly crafted, each generation's tale merges fact and fable until they are indistinguishable. It all begins with Nomi's great-great-great-grandmother Esther, and her secret and passionate affair with a baker. In subsequent tales and generations, a rabbi is mysteriously murdered; the forbidden love of Esther's son and his stepsister is detailed; a son is lost to war; and a young girl amazingly embroiders stories into cloth. Nomi's own father tries to conjure a golem in the orchard and, finally, Nomi reveals her own story of meeting Jeremy, the man she falls in love with, who teaches her to dance.
So many branches and limbs are grafted together in this dazzling first novel, ultimately producing bushels full of sweet joys and passions, bitter disappointments, heartbreaks, and secrets that would be long forgotten if not shared with future generations. "The beginning is in my father's trees-his family forest, our own old and ongoing groves…If I had to choose a beginning, I would tell you about all of these trees." Nomi Eve has produced an extraordinarily accomplished first novel of one family's Jewish history-one you won't be able to put down, and one you'll recommend to others, again and again.