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"In Graver's vision, migration is never simply a one-way street... Kantika is a meticulous endeavor to preserve the memories of a family, an elegy and a celebration both."
--Ayten Tartici, The New York Times
--Publishers Weekly "Beautiful and lyrical. [Kantika] is a piece of transnational, century-spanning Jewish history."
--Kirkus Reviews "A remarkable, lyrical work . . . Graver has written an elegant coming-of-age story that is also an epic of the Sephardi diaspora, spanning generations, wars, and continents."
--Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Jewish Review of Books "Graver's paean to resolve and resiliency paints a vivid portrait of spirit and grit."
--Carol Haggas, Booklist "Enigmatic and enticing . . . Graver crafts a compelling narrative, weaving in threads of religion and history, feminism and family dynamics, passion and duty, survival and love ."
--Katie Noah Gibson, Shelf Awareness "Beautiful and lyrical. Kantika is a piece of transnational, century-spanning Jewish history."
--Karen Skinazi, Jewish Journal "In the end, Kantika's heroine triumphs not in a larger-than-life way, but in a way that makes her feel relatable . . . We, too, are invited to enter into the story and make a place for ourselves."
--Nina B. Lichtenstein, Jewish Book Council "Intimately imagined, lyrically written, and rich with historical detail, Kantika weaves forced displacement, wild reinvention and triumphant healing into a big, border-crossing family saga. Marvelous!"
--Gish Jen, author of Thank You, Mr. Nixon "Both epic and heartfelt, Kantika belongs in the company of the great twentieth-century immigrant Jewish writers, such as Saul Bellow, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, and Henry Roth."
--Joshua Henkin, author of Morningside Heights "Kantika is an acute and compassionate portrait of displacement and reinvention, and it sings."
--Michael Frank, author of One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World "A gorgeous accomplishment. In intimate and inventive prose, Elizabeth Graver carries us to the vibrantly drawn streets of Constantinople, Barcelona, Havana and New York. We follow her remarkable characters through grief and hope, and into human connections as delicate as they are profound. This is a novel to get lost in."
--Rachel Kadish, author of The Weight of Ink "This utterly captivating novel illuminates how one family's history is history. Astonishing work, reminiscent, to my mind, of the best of the great Italian writer Elsa Morante."
--Peter Orner, author of Maggie Brown & Others "From the first page, I was swept up and carried along on the migrations of an unforgettable family. Kantika is a gripping story of 20th-century Sephardic exile and reinvention and the longing for homes, both old and new."
--Tova Mirvis, author of The Book of Separation "In gorgeous detail, this epic family story restores a lost time and place. Kantika is both an immigrant tale and a hero's journey as Graver's extraordinary characters--first among them the indomitable Rebecca--travel between worlds and find ways to refashion their lives."
--Allegra Goodman, author of Sam "Kantika is a beautiful, moving and splendidly entertaining evocation of a lost world. Elizabeth Graver looks back at family history with a novelist's eye and a poet's empathy."
--John Banville, author of The Singularities "A story of immigration, tenacity, family bonds and change that sits in a liminal space between fact and fiction, making for fascinating reading."
--Jaime Herndon, Hadassah Magazine