Book Presentation by Author Marcia Fine
By Marcia Fine
Meet award-winning author Marcia Fine as she discusses her novel, The Blind Eye—A Sephardic Journey, about those cast out of Spain in 1492 by Queen Isabella. The Inquisition, an official investigation with a lack of regard for personal rights, lasted almost 400 years, scattering Jews all over the world. The novel was named the winner of ONEBOOKAZ so readers all over the state of Arizona will be reading the novel.
Sun, Feb 15, 3:30pm
Jewish Cultural and Community Center
Calle de las Moras 47
The Blind Eye—A Sephardic Journey offers a contemporary view of cultural clashes, hatred, and reconciliation juxtaposed with the 15th Century Spanish Inquisition. Set against historical events of the Inquisition with its themes of religious conformity and intolerance, The Blind Eye creates parallel narratives about a Cuban woman living in Miami during the 1990′s and a family expelled from Portugal in 1497. After Allegra accepts a job as research assistant to a professor, an authority on Sephardim, she finds herself accompanying him to Spain. Discovering a novel that he is writing—a story-within-a-story also entitled The Blind Eye—she is intrigued as she reads about a family forced to live duplicitous lives, observing one faith behind closed doors and another when they step outside.
The Blind Eye earned First Prize in the Historical Fiction category from the NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards and a First Prize from the Arizona Authors Association. With three historical fiction novels and a satirical series set in Scottsdale that garnered a First Prize in Satire/Humor, Paper Children: An Immigrants Legacy has been a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award, Foreward Book of the Year, Best Books Award and USA Book News, a featured selection by Beauty and the Book, and selected as a Top Ten Book of the Year by bookcheerleader.com. Her latest, Paris Lamb, about biblical archaeology, is also a first prize winner.
Fine’s most recent research examines how Sephardim survived in Mexico in the 1790s. Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories examines a family taunted by the Inquisition who forge ahead into new territories, including San Miguel, the Southwest Territories, and beyond.