Two ancient books link the lives and dreams of ordinary people across centuries. The backgrounds, locales and the books, a definitive Hebrew bible and an unusual prayer book for women, are real. Seamlessly blending history and fiction, Provenance is a mystery and an unforgettable story of love, passion, yearning, and trust.
"An amazing voyage through layers of history. Florence has a mastery of combining facts and fiction to evoke a powerful sense of character and a wondrously atmospheric sense of places and times. One of the best novels I have read in years."
— Katharina Galor, Brown University
"In Provenance, acclaimed author Ronald Florence deploys his formidable talents as a historian and raconteur to weave together an intricate tale of an unusual women’s prayer book and a cherished medieval Hebrew bible manuscript, the Crown of Aleppo, whose survival to modernity is both perilous and virtually miraculous. As the Crown travels across centuries from Egypt to Provence to Aleppo, Israel and Brooklyn, its fate interweaves and transforms the lives of a rich array of characters, each enchantingly evoked by Florence’s elegant prose. An illuminating read."
— Ross S. Kraemer, author of Unreliable Witnesses
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About the Author
Ronald Florence is a novelist and historian, the author of ten previous books, including The Gypsy Man, The Perfect Machine, and Lawrence and Aaronsohn. He has also written about a WWI assassin, women socialists, transatlantic flights on the Graf Zeppelin, racing and cruising sailboats, the last season before WWII in Newport, the Damascus blood libel, and an effort to rescue as many as one million Jews from the Holocaust. Several books have been published in foreign editions, and The Perfect Machine is the basis of a PBS documentary.