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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
Posted August 28, 2012
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.
Posted August 13, 2012
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 SnapWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.