The Ghost of Hannah Mendes

Naomi Ragen

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When Catherine da Costa, a wealthy Manhattan matron, learns she has only a short time to live, she realizes that her family tree will die unless she passes on its legacy and traditions to her granddaughters. But Suzanne and Francesca, beautiful young women caught up in trendy causes and ambitious careers, have no interest in the past. Catherine almost despairs until one night she is visited by the ghost of her family's anscestor, an indomitable Renaissance businesswoman named Hannah Mandes.

The ghost of Hannah Mendes encourages Catherine to use every trick in the book to coerce the granddaughters to journey across Europe and acquaint themselves with their roots. While the sisters honor their grandmother's request out of loyalty, they believe their quest is futile--until it starts to uncover ancient pages from Hannah Mendes's fascinating memoir, and brings new loves into their lives.

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THE GHOST OF HANNAH MENDES (Chapter 1)

New York City, March 1996

The street felt cold after Dr. Emil Weinsweig, Jr.’s elegantly overheated offices on Fifty-fourth Street and the Avenue of the Americas. Catherine da Costa crossed her arms, hugging her coat around her. It was soft, brown suede lined with shearling and very warm. But somehow it did nothing to stop the chills that ran up and down her spine. It was early afternoon. The Manhattan sky was a pale gray mist with no hint of sun. Almost instinctively, she raised her arm to hail a cab, then thought better of it, burrowing her

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Praise for The Ghost of Hannah Mendes

"Ragen's engrossing novel...shows how much a family's history affects its future." --Booklist

"Hannah's story makes a fascinating chunk of history digestable." --The San Francisco Bay Guardian

"This book engages the reader with its combination of history, passion, and spirituality...not to be missed." --Hadassah Magazine

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Naomi Ragen

Naomi Ragen is the author of novels including The Tenth Song, The Sacrifice of Tamar, Sotah, The Covenant, and The Saturday Wife. Her books are international bestsellers, and her weekly email columns on life in the Middle East are read by thousands of subscribers worldwide. Ragen attended Brooklyn College and earned her master’s in English from Hebrew University. An American, she has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. She was recently voted one of the three most popular authors in Israel.

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The Ghost of Hannah Mendes
Naomi Ragen

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2001
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312281250
ISBN10: 0312281250
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$16.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2001
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429957816
ISBN10: 1429957816
384 pages
$9.99
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