About the Book
Release Date: April 14, 2020
Thirteen-year-old Elisha lives in a village near Shechem in the Land of Canaan in ancient Israel. She wants to be like other girls but is unmarried, speaks to an angel, and composes and sings her own songs―a pursuit her parents disapprove of. When she tells the village women to stand up for themselves, the men are outraged and the tribe banishes her.
After journeying alone through the desert, escaping bandits, wild animals, and men who would sell her as a servant, Elisha makes it to Jerusalem, where the angel guides her to study with Abraham and Sarah. She learns much including reading and writing, and Abraham even gives her Doron, his servant, to accompany her as she sings her songs throughout the country. Doron becomes her lover and her songs are well accepted―until she sings one about equality for women.
Mountain Full of Moons explores how we overcome our fears, go out into the world, and gain the courage to speak up and be whom we choose to be.
Praise for Mountain of Full Moons
“Irene Kessler captures the flavor and feeling of the ancient world and makes the spiritual journey of a remarkable woman into something alive, earthy, and incredibly vivid.”―Joyce Sweeney, author of Headlock and The Guardian
This book is just so unique and different from all of the other books I’ve read this year. And that’s saying something since I’ve been focused on reading a wider range of things this year. This is definitely a debut to watch out for, especially for fans of historical fiction and epic tales of survival.
Up until this year I didn’t read anything that was overtly religious, but I’m finding the religious elements in the books I’ve picked up this year have been quite an interesting addition to the stories and I feel like I’m learning some things each time I do pick up one. Plus talking to an angel sounds like it’d be a pretty interesting thing. What makes Mountain of Full Moons extra unique is that it is a historical fiction with religion interwoven, and also what made me like it more. It was such an interesting setting and the ideals/beliefs of the people, while mildly infuriating, were intriguing to read about.
This is a story of women overcoming injustice, and that’s something that always immediately pulls me in. There’s nothing like watching a female protagonist find the courage to step outside of the ideals placed on society and become her own person. It’s just so pleasing to read about.
About the Author
Born in New York City, Irene Kessler is a Jill of many trades. As a single mother of three, she was the Polaroid Camera Girl, sold jewelry, and held makeup parties to supplement her alimony. She moved on to sing minor roles at New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Teatro Principal in Barcelona, Spain. Irene received her master’s degree in psychology, moved to Florida, and became an eating disorder specialist at Glenbeigh Hospital. She completed her PhD in 1997 and went on to work at the Radar Institute and Renfrew Center. She was in private practice for over thirty years, during which time she also joined a local quartet that performed opera, operetta, and Broadway tunes at venues in Broward and Palm Beach counties. She was inspired to begin writing after attending a presentation by writer and teacher Joyce Sweeney.
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