(Fiction, 304 p. 2011)
Set in the heart of the Ottoman Empire during the first years of its chaotic decline, this debut novel follows a gifted young girl who dares to charm a sultan—and change the course of history. As the sultan’s interest in her grows, so, too, does her reputation and importance, though
Eleonora is unsure if her new role is what she wants from life.
Book discussion guide (by Reading Circle)
Book discussion guide (Jewish Book Council)
Review by Jane Ciabattari, Los Angeles Times, March 13, 2011
Review by Henry L. Carrigan, Jr., Jewish Book Council
Review by James Hynes, New York Times, February 27, 2011.
Martha Woodroof profiles Michael David Lukas, NPR, March 1, 2011
Michael Krasny interviews Michael David Lukas, April 25, 2012 (58 min, video)