Abran and Isabella's Hidden Faith
Mario X. Martinez
Mario Martinez borrows stories from his family to create this historical novel of the conflicts between Church and community. The story is woven around dashing young men, beautiful women, and the foreign priest who did not understand New Mexican life and culture. This combustible mixture leads to conflict, revenge and ultimately the death of the priest. Abran and Isabella survive, marry, and live happily.
Abran and Isabella's Hidden Faith is a story about small town life in northern New Mexico during the 1870's, the time of Bishop Lamy. After Abran Espinosa and his uncle discover their Jewish birthright through an old family journal, they began to explore the meeting of having a Jewish heritage. The new priest in the town mistakenly suspects them of sorcery, leading to a confrontation and Abran's exile from the local church. The resulting story is compelling and surprising.Abran and Isabella's Hidden Faith draws from the oral histories and accounts of crypto-Judaism in northern New Mexico.
The story of the crypto-Jews of the Southwest has been
told largely by Anglo scholars, at times through scholarly works, and
often through the filter of newspapers, magazines and radio. Mario Martínezs
novel gives voice to an author from within the Hispano community
who has embarked on a voyage of discovery of his own crypto-Jewish roots.
He weaves an engaging narrative that tells the history of the conversos
in New Mexico from a perspective that transcends the dry analysis of the
-- Stanley M Hordes, Ph.D., author of To the End of the Earth: A History of the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005)
ISBN: 9780982065730. Paper. $15.00. 106 pages
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