Newton, MA – June 7, 2022 – Leah Nassi, a young Jewish girl was forced to grow up too quickly. Having lost her mother before she was bat mitzvah, Leah’s world takes a dramatic turn when world events rock her family and their culture to its core. Leah Nassi of Lisbon: A Historical Novel, is the latest book from acclaimed academic and author, Drora Arussy. The book brings together adventure, morality, cultural exploration, and historical fact into a coming-of-age story set in tumultuous 1490’s Spain and Portugal.
Leah, her merchant father and brothers are living their lives in Lisbon, Portugal, when chaos strikes. Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella unleash the decree that will see Spain’s historic Jewish population forced to convert, expelled from their homeland, or worse. In the midst of the tumult, Leah and her family formulate a plan to rescue as many Jews as they can and spare them the misery of the Inquisition, even if it comes at great personal expense to them.
“Set during the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and seen through the eyes of a brave and exceptionally literate girl, this expertly penned and richly detailed story chronicles how Leah and her family risk their lives to transport Andalusian refugees in their sailing ships and hold fast to their faith when the inquisition reaches Portugal,” explains Joyce Yarrow, author of Zahara and the Lost Books of Light.
Leah Nassi of Lisbon: A Historical Novel, was released in May 2022. The 165-page book is an ideal novel for middle schoolers through to adult audiences. The book’s rich detailing of Jewish culture is set alongside an accurate portrayal of one of the most chaotic and tragic eras in Jewish history, intertwined with an accessible adventure story, the novel is sure to capture every reader’s attention as they follow the twists and turns of Leah’s life.
Leah Nassi of Lisbon: A Historical Novel is available in paperback on Amazon.
For more information about Drora Arussy, her latest releases, and details of upcoming book tours, visit www.arussy.com.
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