Mary Morris: Gateway to the MoonSeptember 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
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September 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Mary Morris: Gateway to the Moon
Mary Morris is the author of eight novels, including most recently, Gateway to the Moon (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2018), three collections of short stories and four travel memoirs including the travel classic Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone. Her numerous short stories, articles, and travel essays, have appeared in such places as The Atlantic, Narrative, and The Paris Review. Morris is the recipient of the George W. Perkins Fellowship from Princeton University and the Rome Prize in Literature. In 2016, The Jazz Palace was awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Award for fiction. Morris teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
With more and more ease, people today are discovering their Jewish roots — some finding they are the descendants of conversos, Jews who converted during the Inquisition. Mary Morris touches on this phenomenon in the historical note at the beginning of her novel, Gateway to the Moon. The chapters in the book alternate between 15th- and 16th-century Spain and Portugal during the harrowing time of the Inquisition, and a town in New Mexico in the late 20th century. The characters in New Mexico have retained vestiges of their Jewish past, although they are unaware of their own history at the outset of the novel.