The Weight of Ink – Staff Reviews – Maddie

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

London 1660s: Ester Velasquez is an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for her blind rabbi in the years before the bubonic plague when he can find no male to do the job.
London 2000: Helen Watt is an aging historian and professor, who along with her graduate assistant, Aaron Levy, is invited to assess a cache of 17th century letters found during the renovation of a historic house. The letters, written by Ester, are a groundbreaking discovery that could change the two scholars’ lives.

Told from both Ester and Helen’s perspectives, The Weight of Ink tells the story of two women separated by centuries but somehow drawn together through letters and their shared struggles of the heart and mind. Throughout the story, Kadish gives each woman an equal voice and draws readers in with their stories and the challenges they have to overcome.

4 stars