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The Genizah at the House of Shepher: A Novel

by Tamar Yellin, Tamar Yellin (Author)

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This book was a riveting read for me. I really enjoyed the glimpses into the past given through the writings, as well as the complex interplay between family members and the sense of place given through the descriptive prose.
  Valkitty | Oct 4, 2011 |
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The author brings some stunning imagery to this novel, but that is all there is to it. Overall, the plot of this story is slow moving and thin. Although the author does a great job of giving the story a sense of time and space, it simply isn't enough to keep the poorly paced narrative moving. If I hadn't received this from early reviewers, I never would have finished it. ( )
  timothy.d.reed | Nov 2, 2009 |
Very interesting and well-written book, but I was not certain regarding the ending. The family's history is interesting, as is Shula's present life. If the writing had not been so good, I would not have been as interested in the family history. ( )
  suesbooks | Oct 21, 2009 |
Pretty decent first novel which is perhaps a little over complex , there are some very short chapters based on biblical musings that could easy be ommitted without any loss to the plot . The plot is very subtly presented and the book progresses slowly and although entertaining is not gripping. I am also unsure if the use of its 'jewishness' as a marketing tactic will be effective in the UK as the book will interest the wider reading public as well as the compartivly small jewish market.
Interesting first novel which although slow to develop is well worth reading ( )
  wendyrey | Oct 17, 2009 |
This "debut novel is warm and engrossing, rich with historical detail and unmet yearning" A warmly portrayed, densely researched fictional history of a scattered Jewish clan migrated to Jerusalem
  edella | Jul 12, 2009 |
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"Sometimes it seems to me that my family history is like this: a mass of conflated texts and contradictory traditions. An obscure document full of holes. A ramshackle narrative, stuffed with trivia and repetition, stitched together with hearsay and anecdote and perhaps lies."
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Winner of the 2007 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature  (Jewish Book Council)
Winner of the 2006 Ribalow Prize (Hadassah Magazine),
Shortlisted for the 2006 Wingate Prize (Jewish Quarterly)

Shulamit Shepher pays one last visit to her grandparents’ home in Jerusalem after a fateful discovery—a mysterious and valuable Torah manuscript that’s been stashed away in the attic genizah, a depository for old or damaged sacred documents, has been uncovered. So begins a remarkable journey that spans four generations of the family Shepher, one that begs Shulamit to reconsider not only her ancestors’ history and heritage but her own passions, faith, and choices for the future. Haunting and illuminating, The Genizah at the House of Shepher is a tale of love and loss, exile and belonging, tradition and myth that no reader will soon forget.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:38 -0400)

Shulamit, a biblical scholar from England, returns to her grandparents' home in Jerusalem for a visit after an absence of many years. Almost immediately she becomes embroiled in a family feud over possession of the so-called Shepher Codex, a mysterious manuscript which has been discovered in the attic.… (more)

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