Lisbon’s Leah Nassi: A historical romance blending adventure, history and coming-of-age story in a new novel that turns the page

Newton, MA – June 7, 2022 – Leah Nassi, a young Jewish girl was forced to grow up too fast. Having lost her mother before her bat mitzvah, Leah’s world takes a dramatic turn when world events shake her family and their culture. Leah Nassi of Lisbon: A Historical Novel, is the latest book by acclaimed scholar and author, Drora Arussy. The book brings together adventure, morality, cultural exploration, and historical fact in a coming-of-age story set in the tumultuous Spain and Portugal of the 1490s.

Leah, her merchant father, and her brothers live out their lives in Lisbon, Portugal when chaos strikes. Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella unleash the decree that will see Spain’s historic Jewish population forced to convert, expelled from their homeland, or worse. Amid the tumult, Leah and her family hatch a plan to save as many Jews as possible and spare them the misery of the Inquisition, even if it costs them dearly.

“Set during the expulsion of Jews from Spain and seen through the eyes of a brave and exceptionally literate girl, this expertly written and richly detailed story tells how Leah and her family risk their lives to transport Andalusian refugees to their sailboats and hold fast to their faith when the inquisition reaches Portugal,” says Joyce Yarrow, author of Zahara and the Lost Books of Light.

Leah Nassi of Lisbon: A Historical Novel, was released in May 2022. The 165-page book is an ideal novel for middle school students through to adult audiences. The book’s wealth of detail on Jewish culture is paired with an accurate portrayal of one of the most chaotic and tragic times in Jewish history, intertwined with an accessible adventure story, the novel is sure to capture the attention of every reader as they follow the twists and turns of La vie de Léa.

Leah Nassi of Lisbon: A Historical Novel is available in paperback at Amazon.

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