Spanish Jewish history repeats itself

Daniella Levy’s debut novel tells the tale of two young Jewish women who lived 500 years apart

By RIVKAH LAMBERT ADLER
November 22, 2017 19:33
4 minute read.
THE AUTHOR has created tales of religious and personal conflict in the 15th century and today.

THE AUTHOR has created tales of religious and personal conflict in the 15th century and today.. (photo credit: GIL COHEN MAGEN)

 
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Two Jewish women who lived hundreds of years apart are the core of Daniella Levy’s debut novel, By Light of Hidden Candles. Contemporary Alma Ben-Ami, from a Sephardi Jewish family, is newly enrolled in a program in Iberian studies at New York University. One of her ancestors is Miriam, who lived some 500 years before.

Alma has an unusually close relationship with her grandmother, with whom she lives in Manhattan. As the novel opens, Alma has just transferred to NYU and has moved in with her.

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