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Beyond the Ghet­to Gates: A Novel

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September 1, 2019

Beyond the Ghet­to Gates is a his­tor­i­cal nov­el set dur­ing the tur­bu­lent days of Napoleon Bonaparte’s Ital­ian cam­paign (179697). When French troops occu­py the Ital­ian port city of Ancona, free­ing the city’s Jews from their repres­sive ghet­to, two very dif­fer­ent cul­tures collide.

Mirelle, a young Jew­ish maid­en, must choose between her duty, an arranged mar­riage to a wealthy Jew­ish mer­chant, and her love for a dash­ing French Catholic sol­dier. In the mean­time, Francesca, a devout Catholic, must decide if she will hon­or her mar­riage vows to an abu­sive and mur­der­ous hus­band. Beyond the Ghet­to Gates depicts how the Jews and Catholics of Ancona wres­tle with ancient tra­di­tions, prej­u­dices, and the chal­lenges of a rapid­ly chang­ing world.

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