THE BOOKS OF RACHEL Author:JOEL GROSS This dramatic,richly detailed sags of an indomitable Jewish family spans five centuries. The origins of the modern diamond industry, the Inquisition in Spain, the incomparably beautiful v — Venice of th seventeenth century, an a pilgrimage across nineteenth century Palestine are part of the backdrop for a sweeping novel of family, of passion, of ... more »faith.
For five hundred years one family has controlled the sale o diamonds to the world. Originating in fifteenth-century Spain, the family has spread to every corner of the civilized world, unified by business, by blood, and by a name-Rachel.
In every generation of the family there is one, and only one, Rachel. The first baby girl born after the death of the last Rachel is given her name, and her legacy-a flawless 60-carat white diamond that travel over the centuries from India to Egypt. to Spain, to Venice, to Berlin, to Jerusalem, to London, and finally , to contemporary New York.« less