In a mud hut in the Jewish Quarter of 16th-century Fez, a dying woman hands her granddaughter a heavy gold ring—and an even heavier secret.
By Light of Hidden Candles tells the story of two college students—one an American Jew of Sephardic descent, the other a Catholic Spaniard—who team up to research their families’ respective histories, only to discover that their pasts are inextricably linked. As their research progresses and their friendship deepens—perhaps a little more than it should—the story of their ancestors in late 15th-century Spain unfolds: a Jewish family that runs into trouble with the Spanish Inquisition, and the Christian family that comes to their aid. It’s a tale of sacrifice and courage, of the search for inner truth, and of defying and defining boundaries between worlds.
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