Last Watchmen of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas
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Publication Date: 09/18
Joseph, a literature student at Berkeley, is the son of a Jewish mother and an Egyptian father. One day, a mysterious package arrives, pulling him into a mesmerizing adventure to uncover the secrets that bind the men in his family. For generations, fathers have passed to their sons the guardianship of the storied Ben Ezra Synagogue, built at the site where the infant Moses was taken from the Nile. Joseph learns of his ancestor, Ali, the Muslim boy who, a millennia ago, was entrusted as the first watchman and was enchanted by the synagogue's legendary--perhaps magical--Ezra Scroll. The story of Joseph's family is entwined with that of the twin sisters Agnes and Margaret, who in 1897 depart their hallowed Cambridge halls on a mission to rescue sacred texts that have begun to disappear from the synagogue. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a deeply felt, page-turner of a novel from an acclaimed storyteller. This tightly woven multigenerational tale illuminates the tensions that have split communities, and the unlikely forces--potent magic, forbidden love--that boldly attempt to cross them.
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