176 pages, 8.3 × 5 × 0.9 in
June 16, 2008
Little, Brown & Company
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0316010197
ISBN - 13: 9780316010191
From the Publisher
From a New York Times bestselling author comes a journey ofloss and rebirth with a startling premise inspired by historical fact.Estrella is a Marrano: one of the Spanish Jews living double lives whenthose who refused conversion risked everything. Estrella's discovery thather family secretly practices the ancient way of wisdom known as kabbalahleads her to her true self and true love-but also to a devastatingconfrontation with unimaginable evil, unleashed by the betrayal of afriend. With themes of faith, friendship, and persecution, Alice Hoffman'stragic and beautiful novel resonates profoundly in our times.
About the Author
Alice Hoffman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 15 acclaimed novels beloved by teens and adults, from The Foretelling, Green Angel, and Aquamarine to The Ice Queen, Here on Earth (an Oprah Book Club selection), and Practical Magic, which was made into a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. Incantation is Hoffman's fifth young adult novel.
From the Author
Junior Booklover Member Emma Lee Kramer’s e-interview with Alice Hoffman author of Incantation
1. In researching this book, did you find a real Estrella or is it based on historical facts i.e. what happened in Spain during the 1500’s?
A: There were thousands of Estrellas – but although the book is based on historical facts, Estrella is an imagined character living in an imagined town. What happened to her and to her family happened to many Jews during this time period in Spain as they were driven into Portugal or to the capitals of Europe; many then went on to South America and Mexico.
2.This book is quite a stretch from Aquamarine. What was is it that motivated you to change genres and go with historical fiction?
A: I wanted to write about a world that mirrored our own in terms of religious intolerance and persecution as a way of trying to understand what is going on in the Middle East today.
3.In reference to question 2, did your publisher support your decision to write historical fiction?
A: I have always felt the freedom to write whatever I want – I’m writing for my readers, but also for myself. In fact, my publisher has fully supported Incantation – they feel, as I do, it’s a book that raises questions about our own political and personal lives by looking backward into the past.
4.What influenced you to write Incantation?
A: I’ve always been interested in Marranos, hidden Jews who had to practice their religion underground. I think the current political sit