"A USA TODAY Best seller! Four hundred years before Oskar Schindler there was Suleiman the Magnificent, an Ottoman sultan who rescued thousands of Jews from the fires of the Inquisition. Inspired by this amazing and little-known moment in history, NicoleDweck has imagined an enchanting family saga where the kindness of one man is repaid generations later. It's 1544, and young Josâe Mendez and his family escape the Inquisition in Portugal with the aid of Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. Yet it's only just before fleeing that Josâe even finds out he's Jewish--and that his own parents died for their faith. As he makes a new life in Istanbul, he yearns to feel connected to the parents he lost, digging deeper into his Jewish roots. But when his own daughter secretly falls in love with the sultan's Muslim grandson, Josâe finds himself in a life-changing dilemma, one that will shape generations to come. Centuries later, when Selim Osman, the last living descendant of the sultan, is diagnosed with a fatal condition, he abandons the only life he's ever known and flees Istanbul, taking refuge in a New York hospital. In a twist of fate, he meets Hannah, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and an artist striving to understand a father she barely knows. Unaware the connection they share goes back centuries, they feel an immediate pull to one another. But when something from Selim's past comes to light, the act that bound two families centuries ago ripples into the future, threatening to tear them apart. From the 16th-century harem to WWII Paris to modern-day New York, Nicole Dweck's The Debt of Tamar weaves together a spellbinding tapestry of history with transcendent love and spirituality that will absorb readers from the very first page"--
In Inquisition-era Portugal, young Jose Nissim discovers that his family is secretly Jewish?and that no one else can find out. When their religious ties become suspect, the family escapes to Istanbul with the help of Suleiman the Magnificent, an Ottoman ?Schindler? and the most celebrated sultan in all of Turkish history. Though life is seemingly idyllic in their new home, Jose can?t help but feel that his family owes the Sultan for his kind actions, and as the man of the house he must assume this burden. When a marriage presents itself as the perfect opportunity to pay the debt, however, Jose finds himself in a life-changing dilemma, one that will shape generations to come.
Centuries later, when playboy prince Selim Osman is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, he abandons the only life he?s ever known and flees Istanbul, taking refuge in a New York hospital. There he meets Hannah, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and an artist striving to understand a father she loves but barely knows. As their story intertwines with that of their ancestors, buried secrets come to light. Bound by a debt that has been passed on by their families for centuries, they must right the wrongs of the past if they?re ever to embrace their future.
From the 16th-century harem and Tiberias to WWII Paris and modern-day New York, Nicole Dweck spellbindingly weaves together the histories of two families?one Jewish and one Muslim?revealing history?s lingering shadow but also its power to set us free. Loosely inspired by true events, and rich with love, historical detail, and spirituality, this enchanting saga will absorb readers from the very first page.
Number of Pages: 295
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Author: Nicole Dweck
Street Date: September 8, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-1068