Richard Zimler was born in New York. After gaining degrees from
Duke University and Stanford University, he worked as a
journalist in San Francisco for nearly a decade. He is the author of six other novels, including The Search for Sana, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon and The Seventh Gate. He has won many prizes for his writing and has lectured on Sephardic Jewish culture all over the world. He now lives in Porto, Portugal, where he teaches journalism and writes.
"A brave and engaging novel ... a page-turner" --The Guardian ; "Rich in detail and perception ... a biblical thriller" --The Jewish Chronicle