The re-telling of an ancient tale.
Rebellious and spiritually precocious Miriam is the daughter of the richest man in Palestine. She is of age to marry, but resists “suitable” candidates proposed by her father. Miriam loses her heart to Yusuf, a humble craftsman laboring on her father’s estate.
Social obstacles appear insurmountable. Prophecies of Isaiah, rare astrological phenomena, political turmoil, conflicting cosmologies, and the cures of Jeconiah compound the young lovers’ predicament.
“The Rabbi’s Gift” gathers shards of Roman history, Jewish mysticism, and Babylonian astrology to craft a speculative backstory for two of the most recognized figures in western literature.
Excerpt from Chanticleer’s 5-star editorial review: “Gould’s handling of this grand drama shows a true grasp of the writer’s craft. He deftly combines various elements from lore throuthout his storytelling, making ‘The Rabbi’s Gift’ a powerfully rich tale. Using older spellings and secular text, along with Gould’s strategic planting of clues along the way, fortifies the story and draws the reader in.”
Chuck Gould is a writer and musician living in Seattle, Washington. He’s now retired from “sidelines” that paid the bills, including a 15-year stint writing and editing magazine articles. These days, Chuck is playing the bagpipe and blues piano and cultivating a cadre of enthused readers for his novels. Previous publications include “Summertime, Book One” (2014) and “Summertime, Book Two” (2015).
Chuck and his wife Jan travel frequently. During the summer months they are often found exploring Canadian coastal waters aboard their boat, “Dear Prudence”. They have two grown children, and two extremely spoiled cats.