Dina's Lost Tribe

A Novel

by Brigitte Goldstein



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/28/2010

Recognition Programs

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 412
ISBN : 9781450251075
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 412
ISBN : 9781450251082
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 412
ISBN : 9781450251099

About the Book

An American historian’s search for her mythical birthplace leads her to an isolated mountaintop utopia and the passionate world of a medieval Jewess.

When Professor Henry “Henner” Marcus receives an urgent plea for help from his cousin and fellow historian Nina Aschauer, he abruptly leaves Chicago and travels to the South of France where Nina has suddenly rematerialized after having disappeared without a trace five years before.

While on sabbatical in Toulouse, France, Nina is compelled to search for the mythical place in the Pyrenean Mountains where she was born during her parents’ flight from Nazi persecution. All she knows is the name, but no “Valladine” can be found on any map. Her inquiries lead her to an encounter with Alphonse de Sola, a rough-hewn shepherd who offers to take her to the place. What she finds is love, a medieval outpost arrested in time, and a mysterious codex written in Hebrew letters that arouses her scholarly interest.

As Henner, Nina, and her best friend, Etoile Assous, conspire to decipher the writing, they enter the passionate world of a fourteenth-century Jewess, who calls herself Dina, whose family was forced to flee France following the expulsion of the Jews from the kingdom in 1306, while she herself had fallen victim to the sexual intrigues of a fiendish priest.

About the Author

Brigitte Goldstein is a writer, literary translator, and editor. She holds a Ph.D. in European history from New York University. Before turning to full-time writing, she taught history and worked in publishing. She lives in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Among her publications are several literary translations and two historical novels.