The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish 

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.  As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of seventeenth-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation. Enlisting the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Misogyny
  • Homomisia
  • Antisemitism
  • Chronic illness
  • Plague
  • Death of a parent
  • Murder
  • Exile
  • Forced conversion
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