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The Wayward Moon

"Set in the year 854, in a town called Sura (in modern day Iraq), Rahel, a 17-year-old Jewish girl, is handed an incredible burden. Instead of preparing to meet her fiancé for the first time, she will have to flee, leaving behind her intended, her home, possessions, and her identity. An enemy of her father has burst into her house and killed her father. Rahel has had to kill him in self-defense. At that time and in that area of the world, Rahel’s choices and rights are limited. Rahel encounters wealthy merchants, Islamic theologians, Christian monks, illicit lovers, and shrewd innkeepers. She must outplay them all. In the end, Rahel will have to decide where she will be happy and safe. Readers will be amazed to learn that this is Weizman’s debut novel as it is written so expertly. The imagery is particularly impressive. The setting comes colorfully alive in exquisite detail. The story is heart-rending and the heroine inspiring. Readers will cherish this book." - AJL Reviews 

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