by Elizabeth Graver
A kaleidoscopic portrait of one family’s displacement across four countries, Kantika – “song” in Ladino – follows the joys and losses of Rebecca Cohen, feisty daughter of the Sephardic elite of early 20th-century Istanbul. When the Cohens lose their wealth and are forced to move to Barcelona and start anew, Rebecca fashions a life and self from what comes her way -a failed marriage, the need to earn a living, but also passion, pleasure and motherhood. Moving from Spain to Cuba to New York for an arranged second marriage, she faces her greatest challenge – her disabled stepdaughter, Luna, whose feistiness equals her own and whose challenges pit new family against old.
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