Saturday, December 23, 2006

Incantation, by Alice Hoffman

In the midst of Inquisition-era Spain, Estrella discovers two fatal secrets: her secret Jewish identity (hidden behind 100 years of pretending to be Christians) and the depths that jealousy will drive even your best friend to betray you. In the end, love will triumph over hate, but not before a terrible price must be paid.

This is a truly wonderful and beautiful book. It reads quickly, yet is full of some of the most gorgeous prose you will ever read. Even if historical Judaica does not interest you (and I'm not a big fan myself), this is a truly magical book that transcends its ubject to both inspire and entertain. There is nothing more that one could ask of a work of fiction. One of the best books of 2006!

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