Journey of Strangers

Journey of Strangers

by Elizabeth Zelvin


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1493: Joanna is one of 2,000 Jewish children torn from their parents on the Lisbon docks and sent as slaves to a pestilential island off the African coast. 1495: Diego Mendoza and his sister Rachel return to Spain in 1495 after two years with Columbus in Hispaniola, heartsick at the destruction of the Taino people. With their friend Hutia, a Taino survivor, they search war-torn Europe and the pirate-infested Mediterranean searching for the family they lost when the Jews were expelled from Spain. Joanna endures abuse and tragedy, determined to survive. In Istanbul, in the heart of the Ottoman Empire, Rachel finds work in the Sultan's harem. Hutia, determined to marry her, adopts a new name and a new faith. 1497: Only Diego's life lacks purpose. Inspired by tikkun olam, the Jewish mission to repair the world, he sets sail for the hell Jews call the Isle of Crocodiles. A Kindle Scout winner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692591499
Publisher: Outsider Books
Publication date: 12/15/2015
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Zelvin is author of a previous historical novel, VOYAGE OF STRANGERS, and is working on KINGDOM OF STRANGERS, which will complete the trilogy. She is also the author of the Bruce Kohler mystery series. Liz has been writing since age seven and published her first novel at age sixty-four. Her short stories have been nominated three times for the Agatha Award and once for the Derringer Award for Best Short Story. Another story was listed in Best American Mystery Stories 2014. Liz is a psychotherapist who lives in New York and works online with clients all over the world. Her publications include a book on gender and addictions, two poetry books, and, as Liz Zelvin, an album of original songs, OUTRAGEOUS OLDER WOMAN. You can learn more about Liz at and You can also visit Amazon's Elizabeth Zelvin page at

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