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Terra Incognita. For the medieval Catalan navigators the term meant an uncharted territory that inspired either fear or the thrill of adventure. But for the characters of this new novel by Libi Astaire, winner of a 2010 Sydney Taylor Notable Book Award, “terra incognita” is a place inside the soul. It is a place drifting in the dreamy waters of an almost forgotten past; a place that is about to collide with an anxious, uncertain future.

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Terra Incognita

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Overview

Terra Incognita. For the medieval Catalan navigators the term meant an uncharted territory that inspired either fear or the thrill of adventure. But for the characters of this new novel by Libi Astaire, winner of a 2010 Sydney Taylor Notable Book Award, “terra incognita” is a place inside the soul. It is a place drifting in the dreamy waters of an almost forgotten past; a place that is about to collide with an anxious, uncertain future.

The story revolves around the Bonet family, who live in a tiny Catalan village called Sant Joan Januz. Vidal Bonet is a young businessman determined to revive his dying village by building a luxury resort. His grandfather, Miquel, is just as determined to keep the village locked away from strangers and their prying eyes.

Their battle for the future of Sant Joan Januz is further complicated by the arrival of a Jewish-American graduate student from Kansas, Chaim Green, who is sure the villagers are his long-lost relatives. And, finally, there is Clara Bonet, who has reluctantly takeon the role of the family’s matriarch just when the village’s long buried secret is accidentally uncovered: They are all descendents of Anusim – Spanish Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity during the Middle Ages.

Both poignant and comic, Terra Incognita is a journey of personal discovery that will resonate with anyone who has ever gone on a quest to discover their past – or who has ever lain awake at night wondering where in the world they are going.
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  • BN ID: 2940012769138
  • Publisher: Aster Press
  • Publication date: 7/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 941 KB

Meet the Author

Libi Astaire is an author and freelance journalist who often writes about Jewish history. She is also the author of the Ezra Melamed Mystery Series, a Jewish historical mystery series set in Regency England. The first book in the series,"The Disappearing Dowry," received a 2010 Sydney Taylor Notable Book Award. The second volume, "The Ruby Spy Ring," was published in 2011. Her other ebooks include "36 Candles: Chassidic Tales for Chanukah" and "Choose Life! 8 Chassidic Stories for the Jewish New Year."
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