The Debt of Tamar (Hardcover)

A Novel

By Nicole Dweck

Thomas Dunne Books, 9781250065681, 304pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (2/1/2013)

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A USA TODAY Best seller!

Bestselling author Nicole Dweck brings to life one of history's greatest yet overlooked stories of love and resilience.

In 2002, thirty-two-year-old Selim Osman, the last descendant of the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, flees Istanbul for New York. In a twist of fate, he meets Hannah, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and an artist striving to understand the father she barely knows. Unaware that the connection they share goes back centuries, the two feel an immediate pull to one another. But as their story intertwines with that of their ancestors, the heroic but ultimately tragic decision that bound two families centuries ago ripples into the future, threatening to tear Hannah and Selim apart.

From a sixteenth-century harem to a seaside village in the Holy Land, from Nazi-occupied Paris to modern-day Manhattan, Nicole Dweck's The Debt of Tamar weaves a spellbinding tapestry of love, history, and fate that will enchant readers from the very first page.

About the Author

NICOLE DWECK holds a BA in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Global Affairs from NYU. When The Debt of Tamar, her debut novel, was self-published, it was a USA Today bestseller and received honorable mention in Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards. She lives in New York City with her husband and their son.

Praise For The Debt of Tamar: A Novel

“I was enchanted by The Debt of Tamar. This lyrical tale of lovers lost and found across the centuries had me hooked till the last page. Nicole Dweck is a natural storyteller.” —Amanda Hodgkinson, New York Times bestselling author of 22 Britannia Road

“A promising literary debut that entertains as well as informs. History, this book reminds us, is often more stunning and implausible than fiction itself.” —Gina B. Nahai, bestselling author of Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith

“A remarkable debut novel. Nicole Dweck skillfully weaves tales of love, sacrifice, and faith, all threaded into a compelling tapestry. The Debt of Tamar is an evocative and memorable look into the resiliency of the human spirit.” —Susan Meissner, author of A Fall of Marigolds

The Debt of Tamar is an extraordinary book, at once a picaresque saga and a moral tale of reclamation. From its early chapters in 16th-century Iberia, it travels to Istanbul, Israel, and then New York, linking old worlds and new in ways that are astounding, yet believable. Nicole Dweck has a keen eye for human foibles and deep human strengths. But more than anything else, a sense of honor pervades this novel. This, and a deft authorial hand, whirl us through the centuries and into the present – and a wise, transcendent, and satisfying conclusion.” —Sonia Taitz, author of The Watchmaker's Daughter and Down Under

“A talented writer, Dweck expertly takes the reader on a compelling journey through intertwining tales of love denied for five centuries.” —Maggie Anton, author of National Jewish Book Award Finalist Rav Hisda's Daughter and the Rashi Daughters trilogy

“Dweck's beguiling storytelling takes us on a magic carpet ride that whooshes across continents and over centuries.” —Janice Steinberg, author of The Tin Horse

“[Dweck] tells stories as the legendary Queen Scheherazade might once have done, weaving picturesque descriptions, romance, suspense, and surprise.... This makes for pleasant reading.” —San Diego Jewish World

“A good story will draw you in and touch you emotionally and this book did exactly that. Nicole’s poetic and descriptive writing transports you...” —The Jewish Voice

“Beautiful, descriptive prose.” —Historical Novel Society

"[A] compelling and enjoyable read." —Library Journal

“Disrupted love affairs, guilt, and secrets of faith and identity are looped across centuries and around the globe in Dweck's impassioned […] debut.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An imaginative family saga.” —The Jewish Week