Secrets Behind Adobe Walls
A Crypto-Jewish Story of Old Santa Fe
In "Secrets Behind Adobe Walls" Sandra Toro brings the reader to New Mexico and the experience of crypto-Jewish families that honored their Jewish heritage in defiance of the threat of the Inquisition.
In her earlier books on Sephardic families - "By Fire Possessed: Dona Gracia Nasi" and "Princes, Popes and Pirates" about the life of Joseph Nasi has established her style of vivid character portrayals and lively narrative to keep the reader intrigued and interested.
In this third historical novel in this series Toro tells of hidden Jews in Santa Fe well integrated with the historical events that were occurring from 1750 to 1850. Inform yourself while you are beautifully entertained.
What others say about Secrets Behind Adobe Walls
Through her exquisite prose, Sandra K. Toro recreates the lives of New Mexico’s crypto-Jews. She pays homage to the centrality of family and faith in the lives of early modern crypto-Jews, projected onto a backdrop of Spanish interaction with Native American beliefs and peoples. Secrets behind Adobe Walls rekindles our memory of that dramatic era.
-- Prof. Roger L. Martinez, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Sandra Toro brings to life the turbulent history and clash of cultures, religion and politics of colonial New Mexico. Set against the story of New Mexico’s hidden Jews, those who outwardly practiced Catholicism and secretly practiced Judaism, Toro’s meticulously researched novel is a fast paced and fascinating look into the fears and fires that ignited prejudice in the 18th century.
-- Susan Seligman, New Mexico Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League
Sandra Toro has crafted a spell binding story that is part medical mystery, part high adventure and part love story that revolves around crypto-Jews in colonial New Mexico. Once you start it, you won’t want to put it down.
-- Paula Paul, author of Sins of the Empress
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ISBN 9781935604488. Paper. 180 pages. $18.00
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Sandra K. Toro is an award-winning, best-selling author who teaches creative writing at the University of New Mexico, and previously she worked in Washington D.C. as a reporter/commentator and producer of public affairs programs for ABC and PBS. Toro is an active speaker on writing and the representation of writers.
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