Genizah at the House of Shepher
Toby Press, March 2005
with a search for the ten lost tribes and ending in an attic,
where lies an important bible which has been missing for seventy-nine
years, The Genizah at the House of Shepher explores
themes of history and myth, heritage and selfhood from a keenly
(the Hebrew word, meaning literally "hiding place,"
refers to a depository for old or damaged sacred documents)
is the saga of a Jerusalem family stretching over a hundred
and forty-five years and four generations, but it is also
a thriller about a missing biblical codex and the search for
the true text of the Bible. Returning to her grandparents'
house in Jerusalem after a long absence, Shulamit, a biblical
scholar, becomes embroiled in a family feud over possession
of the so-called Shepher Codex, a mysterious and valuable
manuscript of the Pentateuch which has been discovered in
the attic. In unravelling the origins of the Codex Shulamit
uncovers not only her ancestors' history but is obliged to
reconsider her own past, her present, and ultimately, her
choices for the future.
from family comedy to pathos to Talmudic-style fable, the
tale of the family Shepher, their aspirations, feuds and love
affairs, is a large canvas novel of exile and belonging, displacement
and the struggle for identity.
Read a preview of The Genizah at the House of Shepher
the Toby Press catalogue entry for the novel here.
Read the opening chapters of
the novel here.