The Ghost of Hannah Mendes

The Ghost of Hannah Mendes

Paperback - 2001 | 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.
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When Catherine da Costa, a wealthy Manhattan matron, learns she has only a short time to live, she realizes that her family tree will die unless she passes on its legacy and traditions to her granddaughters. But Suzanne and Francesca, beautiful young women caught up in trendy causes and ambitious careers, have no interest in the past. Catherine almost despairs until one night she is visited by the ghost of her family's anscestor, an indomitable Renaissance businesswoman named Hannah Mandes.

The ghost of Hannah Mendes encourages Catherine to use every trick in the book to coerce the granddaughters to journey across Europe and acquaint themselves with their roots. While the sisters honor their grandmother's request out of loyalty, they believe their quest is futile--until it starts to uncover ancient pages from Hannah Mendes's fascinating memoir, and brings new loves into their lives.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2001.
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.
ISBN: 9780312281250
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 384 p. ; 21 cm.


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Dec 29, 2015

Catherine da Costa is a dying woman whose final wish is to see her two granddaughters find their family roots and marry nice Sephardic Jewish boys. When a vision from her family's past visits her one night, Catherine has found her ruse -- a rare book hunt across Europe. This novel intersperses the modern story with pages of an ancient manuscript found during the treasure hunt. The reader also learns about the history of Sephardic Jews and the resilience of a culture during persecution. The only thing missing is a genealogical chart and a map. Fans of Geraldine Brooks' People of the Book and Katherine Neville's The Eight will like this novel.


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