The Genizah at the House of Shepher
Shulamit Shepher, a middle-aged Biblical scholar living in England, learns the house in Jerusalem that has been part of her family for years is about to be torn down. She decides to return for one last look at her past. Once there, she becomes aware of the existence of the Shepher Codex, an old and valuable translation of scriptures brought into the family by her great-grandfather, Shalom Shepher of Skidel.
Interspersed with the story of Shulamit are the stories of the three generations that come before her, beginning with Shalom Shepher in 1853. Shulamit finds she has more in common with her ancestors than just indigestion. The longings and desires that she long ago buried under her skeptical intellectualism begin to emerge.
Ms. Yellin weaves the fabric of her story together with the voice of her main character, Shulamit, who at first appears to be an inquisitive outsider. As she becomes caught up in the story of her family, so also does the reader become caught up in Shulamit’s revelations. This is Ms. Yellin’s first novel. Hopefully it will be the first of many.