The Bones and the Book

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In 1890, Aliza Rudinsk, a young Orthodox Jewish immigrant from the Ukraine, came to Seattle via New York's Lower East Side expecting to build a good life for herself. When Aliza's bones turn up in Seattle's underground streets in 1965 along with a book written in Yiddish, recently widowed empty nester Rachel Mazursky offers to translate the book. Aliza's surprising and poignant story compels Rachel to search for clues to the identity of the young woman's murderer, but her quest for the truth unearths disturbing ...
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In 1890, Aliza Rudinsk, a young Orthodox Jewish immigrant from the Ukraine, came to Seattle via New York's Lower East Side expecting to build a good life for herself. When Aliza's bones turn up in Seattle's underground streets in 1965 along with a book written in Yiddish, recently widowed empty nester Rachel Mazursky offers to translate the book. Aliza's surprising and poignant story compels Rachel to search for clues to the identity of the young woman's murderer, but her quest for the truth unearths disturbing secrets about her own past as well as Aliza's.

The Bones and the Book carries the reader back to a far-flung outpost of the Jewish diaspora where gold, good table manners, and assimilating often trump Torah, tribe, and tradition.

"Isenberg's story pulled me in right from the startling prologue. The twin historical stories of Aliza and Rachel are compelling and poignant. The lives of these women in 1900 and 1965 are beautifully woven together, the strands balancing each other as each discovers her strengths and revises her own identity as a woman and a Jew." - Sharan Newman, author of The Shanghai Tunnel

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book cover - Lev Raphael
Past and present collide in this complex, compelling historical mystery. Using the classic elements of hidden manuscript and mysterious corpse, the author builds a highly original story that is both deeply Jewish and uniquely American. Set in two wildly contrasting time periods, but rooted in the immigrant experience, the novel deftly explores the mysteries of difference, identity, loneliness, love, betrayal--and family.
book cover - Sharan Newman
Isenberg’s story pulled me in right from the startling prologue. The twin historical stories of Aliza and Rachel are compelling and poignant. The lives of these women in 1900 and 1965 are beautifully woven together, the strands balancing each other as each discovers her strengths and revises her own identity as a woman and a Jew.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984010929
  • Publisher: Oconee Spirit Press LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2012
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 840,076
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Isenberg wrote the prize winning memoir Going by the Book (Bergin & Garvey) and The Bel Barrett Mystery Series (Avon/HarperCollins). She earned degrees from Vassar College, Southern Connecticut State College, and New York University and taught English for nearly forty years, first in high school and later in community college. Now retired from teaching, she writes in Issaquah, Washington where she lives with her husband Phil Tompkins.
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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    In this tribute to the Jewish immigrant experience, Jane Isenber

    In this tribute to the Jewish immigrant experience, Jane Isenberg weaves
    a mystery spanning generations and the cities of New York, Seattle and
    Skagway, Alaska. With humor and delightful dialogue the story unfolds
    and the tension builds as the mystery of immigrant Aliza Rudinsk's life
    and death are revealed. The history of Seattle - the fire, the plague,
    its streets and neighborhoods, and its Jewish population is a
    fascinating read. After finishing this book I feel like I want to
    continue to read more of the history of this place and time.

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  • Posted August 13, 2012

    Loved reading about these strong Jewish women and the men who lo

    Loved reading about these strong Jewish women and the men who love them. Didn't know there were so many kinds of Jewish people and that they all have a history in the Pacific Northwest. This mystery goes to show that some old murder cases never get too old to solve. Couldn't put it down! - Susan Jensen, author of Cold Snap

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