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The Lives of Rachel (THE BOOKS OF RACHEL)

The Lives of Rachel (THE BOOKS OF RACHEL) [Kindle Edition]

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The Lives of Rachel is a prequel to The Books of Rachel.

This richly detailed novel of family, of tradition, and of faith, sweeps across a thousand years to chronicle the lives of five women -- each named Rachel and each a rare human spirit.

In every generation of this proud and ancient Jewish family there is only one Rachel, the firstborn daughter. But the name is only part of Rachel's legacy. Each bearer of the name adds, in her own way, to the legend of strength and courage that is her birthright.

There is Rachel of Judea, who defies a half-mad and lustful king to save her husband's life. Rachel of Rome, who is sold into slavery, but rises up to take just revenge on her cruel and corrupt master. Rachel of Byzantius is a miraculous healer who risks death to stop the spreading horror of the plague. A Rachel plays a crucial part in the destiny of Arthurian England; another cleverly escapes a Rhineland pogrom.

About the Author

Joel Gross? novels, including The Books of Rachel, have been selected by the Book of the Month Club and the Literary Guild. Also a playwright and screenwriter, Gross received his M.A. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is a member of PEN, the Dramatists Guild, and Writers Guild. Gross lives in New York City and Los Angeles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Sylvan Court Productions (30 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JFVHK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #198,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A family's history through tme 17 Sep 2011
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I already have Joel Gross' other 'Rachel' book (The Books of Rachel)and in fact it was only by searching on Amazon that I discovered that Mr Gross had written another book with various Rachels and how they lived their lives and what they felt. The author has drawn on historical background and inserted Rachel with expert desriptive writng. It's almost impossible to put the book down!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 9 Sep 2012
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I found this an interesting book to read. It is rich in detail and linked to historical events. As someone doing my own family research, I found it an interesting method for telling a tale - combining family history with a historical backdrop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The books of rachel 21 April 2013
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A fascinating history of Jews down the centuries told by the women given the name of Rachel and the strange powers they had songwriter
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. 23 Mar 2013
By BrenJS
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I enjoyed Maura's Dream by this author and this one was equally good. Although neither were lighthearted reads, they really captured my imagination and gave me an insight into other people's ways of life. Looking for even more titles now. :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Books of Rachel 12 Nov 2012
By nannym
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I found this book really difficult to read. It was so graphic in the torture scenes and is really not my taste. Did read it to the end but can't say I was uplifted by it.
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