Courtesy of The Boston Authors Club
Posted August 27, 2018
Congrats to Rachel Kadish, who's outstanding novel The Weight of Ink has been awarded the Julia Ward Howe Prize for Fiction. The Boston Authors Club was founded in 1899 to further literary purposes and to promote social interaction among authors living in Boston and vicinity. The annual Julia Ward Howe Awards (named after the Club's first President) honor the Boston-area authors of outstanding adult and young reader books published in the prior year.
Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.
The Weight of Ink has previously been honored with a National Jewish Book Award, and Rachel is a previous recipient of the Association of Jewish Libraries Fiction Award, and the John Gardner Fiction Award.