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Elizabeth Graver: Kantika

(Fiction, 304 pp., 2023)

From Constantinople to Barcelona, Havana, and New York, Kantika sings of the joys, hopes, and devastation experienced by twentieth-century Sephardi emigres. Rebecca Cohen’s odyssey begins amid a settled, privileged childhood embraced by generations of well-to-do Ladino speakers. It quickly devolves through loss of home, a tragic marriage, and diminishment of family cohesion. Her indomitable resilience, good sense, and traditional values propel her across international boundaries and expectations as she becomes a thoroughly original American.


Book Group Guide from MacmIllan Publishers

Photo Gallery and Behind the Book on Elizabeth Graver’s website


Articles and Reviews

Article by Andrew Esensten, J. The Jewish News of Northern California, September 7, 2023

Review by Andrew Silow-Carroll, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, August 6, 2023

Review by Nina B. Lichtenstein, Jewish Book Council, April 10, 2023

Review by Ayten Tartici, The New York Times, April 18, 2023

Review by Karen E. H. Skinazi, Jewish Journal, February 16, 2023

Review by Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Jewish Review of Books, Spring 2023

Review by Kirkus Reviews, February 24, 2023

Review by Roberta Silman, The Arts Fuse, April 13, 2023

Review by Katie Noah Gibson, Shelf Awareness, March 31, 2023

Reviews collected by Book Marks, n.d.


Interviews and Author Appearances

Program with Elizabeth Graver and Sarah Aroeste (video), One Book, One Hadassah, June 15, 2023

Interview with Elizabeth Graver, Moment Magazine, May 25, 2023

Interview with Elizabeth Graver (audio), Ottoman History Podcast, May 13, 2023

Interview with Elizabeth Graver, Literary Hub, April 19, 2023

Interview with Elizabeth Graver, Read Her Like An Open Book, April 18, 2023