Mary Morris: Gateway to the Moon (A Temple Beth Israel Event)

As part of their Sunday Morning Seminar series, Temple Beth Israel welcomes author Mary Morris, as she reads from and discussed her new novel, Gateway to the Moon. This event is free and open to the public. We'll have books on hand and Ms. Morris will be happy to autograph her work.

About the Book: 

In 1492, two history-altering events occurred: the Jews and Muslims of Spain were expelled, and Columbus set sail for the New World. Many Spanish Jews chose not to flee and instead became Christian in name only, maintaining their religious traditions in secret. Among them was Luis de Torres, who accompanied Columbus as an interpreter. Over the centuries, de Torres' descendants traveled across North America, finally settling in the hills of New Mexico. Now, some five hundred years later, it is in these same hills that Miguel Torres, a young amateur astronomer, finds himself trying to understand the mystery that surrounds him and the town he grew up in: Entrada de la Luna, or Gateway to the Moon.

Poor health and poverty are the norm in Entrada, and luck is rare. So when Miguel sees an ad for a babysitting job in Santa Fe, he jumps at the opportunity. The family for whom he works, the Rothsteins, are Jewish, and Miguel is surprised to find many of their customs similar to those his own family kept but never understood. Braided throughout the present-day narrative are the powerful stories of the ancestors of Entrada's residents, portraying both the horrors of the Inquisition and the resilience of families. Moving and unforgettable, Gateway to the Moon beautifully weaves the journeys of the converso Jews into the larger American story.

About the Author:

Mary Mor­ris is the author of eight nov­els, includ­ing most recent­ly, Gate­way to the Moon (Nan A. Talese/​Doubleday, 2018), three col­lec­tions of short sto­ries and four trav­el mem­oirs includ­ing the trav­el clas­sic Noth­ing to Declare: Mem­oirs of a Woman Trav­el­ing Alone. Her numer­ous short sto­ries, arti­cles, and trav­el essays, have appeared in such places as The Atlantic, Nar­ra­tive, and The Paris Review. Mor­ris is the recip­i­ent of the George W. Perkins Fel­low­ship from Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty and the Rome Prize in Lit­er­a­ture. In 2016, The Jazz Palace was award­ed the Anis­field-Wolf Award for fic­tion. Mor­ris teach­es at Sarah Lawrence College.

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Event date: 

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Event address: 

Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Gateway to the Moon: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525434993
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Anchor - March 12th, 2019

In 1492, two history-altering events occurred: the Jews and Muslims of Spain were expelled, and Columbus set sail for the New World. Many Spanish Jews chose not to flee and instead became Christian in name only, maintaining their religious traditions in secret. Among them was Luis de Torres, who accompanied Columbus as an interpreter.