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About the Book

About the Book


The Old Testament is brought to vivid life through the eyes of Lilah, a woman whose choice between loyalty to her brother and marriage to the man she loves will have a lasting impact on the fate of her people.

Living in exile in Susa, the ancient capital of the Persian Empire, Lilah is in love with Antinoes, a handsome Persian warrior. She wants to marry him but does not feel that she can do so without the blessing of her brother, Ezra, a high priest and a scholar of the laws of Moses. Such a blessing isn’t likely to be forthcoming, because Lilah’s brother does not want her to have a husband outside of their faith. Lilah believes it is her brother’s destiny to lead the Jewish people back to the Promised Land after centuries in exile. Torn between her love for Antinoes and her belief in her brother, Lilah decides to delay her own happiness with Antinoes in order to help her brother lead their people back to Jerusalem—and in so doing, she comes face-to-face with a decision that will change her life forever.

Set in the magnificent ancient culture of the Middle East more than four thousand years ago, Lilah is a rich and emotionally resonant story of faith, love, and courage that raises questions of loyalty and tolerance that are more relevant today than ever.

by Marek Halter

  • Publication Date: June 27, 2006
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown
  • ISBN-10: 1400052815
  • ISBN-13: 9781400052813