Author: Bruno Thursday 8 December 2022

Marta Quintín is a young author whose novels have earned her a place in the literary world. Despite her youth she has won the Tomás Seral y Casas short story prize several times, and has published the novels Dime una palabra, El color de la luz and La tortuga que huía del jaguar, with which she won the Valencia prize in 2019 for authors under thirty years of age. She is a determined and brave woman like those in her novels.

In 2012, at the height of the Greek crisis, young Rebeca Benveniste is left all alone and on the verge of eviction. Her beloved nona, her grandmother, has passed away, and with her studies in Hispanic Philology she is unable to find a job to support herself. So she decides to travel to the small village of Alpartazgo, in the province of Zaragoza, where her Sephardic ancestors came from more than five hundred years ago. Among her meager luggage she carries the key that has been passed down from generation to generation and that probably opens the door to the house that her family had to abandon.

At the end of the 15th century, Vida Benveniste, the daughter of the butcher of the Jewish quarter of Alpartazgo, befriends Leonor de Lanuza, a member of the most powerful local noble family. Both are intrepid and intelligent and do not accept the limitations that mark them professing different religions. Their lives will inevitably follow very different paths, but their friendship, marked by deep feelings, will always prevail over creeds and social impositions.

Two vibrant and luminous stories that intertwine, full of small and big stories of love, sex, friendship, humor, uprooting and motherhood. Because female friendship and sisterhood are the engine of our lives.

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