Incantation by Alice Hoffman

By Alice Hoffman

Estrella is a Marrano: throughout the time of the Spanish Inquisition, she is one in every of a neighborhood of Spanish Jews residing double lives as Catholics. and she or he resides in a home of secrets and techniques, raised by way of a relatives who practices underground the traditional and mysterious approach of knowledge referred to as kabbalah. while Estrella discovers her family's actual identity--and her family's secrets and techniques are made public--she confronts an international she's by no means imagined, the place new love burns and the place friendship leads to flame and ash, the place belief is all yet vanquished and betrayal has tragic and sour consequences.

Infused with the wealthy context of background and religion, in her so much profoundly relocating paintings thus far, Alice Hoffman's first old novel is a transcendent trip of discovery and loss, rebirth and remembrance.

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Gunshots. The yellow stone bouncing at my throat. We ran for a long time, stopped to put on our shoes, ran. We came to the jagged walls of a bombed-out building. We picked our way through the rubble. Glass glittered in the moonlight. Frost sparkled on tumbled bricks and fallen timbers. Uri took my hand. We went down into the rubble. Uri felt around, found a place. ” I slept. I dreamed I was standing underwater. A waterfall maybe, or a faucet, splashing in my face, my eyes. I struggled to breathe.

So it became candy. That’s what happens when a potato stays in the ground too long. ” “No,” I said. “My name is Misha Pilsudski. I’m a Gypsy from 32 the land of Russia. . ” I held out my yellow stone. ” And I told her all about myself and my family. She listened with her big eyes and her chin cupped in her hands. When I finished, she said, “It’s not nice to steal. ” “Your shoes,” I said. I loved to look at them. They were black and as shiny as her eyes. She held her leg out, turned her ankle this way and that.

A single white flower flew out of the crowd. It bounced from the iron flank of a tank and broke into petals. I had no flower, so I threw my cheese. 20 6 Uri and I walked outside the next morning to see how it was different. The tanks were gone. The Jackboots were strolling about just like us. They looked at the people and spoke to each other. I couldn’t stop staring at them. A crowd was running. We turned a corner. There was a large truck with the back open. Soldiers were tossing loaves of bread.

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