"In this compelling mix of memoir and reporting, a journalist travels thousands of miles, pores through centuries-old documents, and uses DNA evidence to discover the truth about her heritage."
"The haunting account of an investigative journalist's efforts to uncover her family's hidden Sephardic Jewish past...A mesmerizing journey through time, across cultures and into one woman's rich personal history."
"Just like her ancestors, her tale wanders the globe from the dusty archives at a California university, a DNA lab in Texas, a lawyer in Costa Rica, and a nearly 200-year-old Paris synagogue, but Carvajal's powerful prose is strong enough to hold these divergent story lines in a cohesive and engaging narrative of self-discovery and historical investigation. "
"A book that shimmers with enchantment, pulling the reader into her life with gentle tugs on the heartstrings. What she calls "hunting family ghosts" will resonate with anyone who has ever felt out of place where they were and dreamed of finding another heritage just one layer beneath the one they had always accepted as the bedrock of their self-definition."
We can change the story we tell about ourselves, and by doing that change our future.