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By Richard Zimler

From the across the world bestselling writer of The final Kabbalist of Lisbon comes a unique of incomparable scope and sweetness that takes the reader on an epic trip from war-ravaged nineteenth-century Europe to antebellum the United States. A bereft baby, a freed African slave, and the wealthy background of Portugal’s mystery Jews collide memorably in Richard Zimler’s enchanting novel--a mind-blowing paintings of historic fiction performed out opposed to a backdrop of battle and chaos that unforgettably mines the mysteries of devotion, betrayal, guilt, and forgiveness.Hunting MidnightAt the sunrise of the 19th century in Portugal, John Zarco Stewart is an impish baby of hotheaded feelings and playful inquisitiveness, the unwitting heir of a religion shrouded in 300 years of secrecy--for the Jews of the Iberian Peninsula were in hiding because the Inquisition. yet a season of loss and sour discovery brings his innocence to an abrupt finish. it's only the ministrations of a paranormal stranger, delivered to Porto by way of his seafaring father, that repair his protection: dead night, an African healer and freed slave, the fellow who turns into John’s maximum pal and ensure the process his destiny.When Napoleon’s armies invade Portugal, violence back intrudes on John’s fragile peace, and seals his passage into maturity with one other devastating loss. yet from the wreckage comes revelation as he uncovers truths and lies hidden by way of the folk he enjoyed and relied on such a lot, and discovers the act of unspeakable betrayal that destroyed his family--and his religion. And so his shattering quest starts as he travels to the USA, to seek for wish in a land shackled through unforgivable sin.With beautiful perception and a mind for wealthy old detail--from the colourful marketplaces of Porto to the drowsy plantations of the yank South, from the Judaism John discovers as a tender guy to the magical Africa that middle of the night conjures from his memories--in searching middle of the night Richard Zimler has crafted a masterpiece.

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Now that I was older, they surely feared that I’d get my revenge and do something rash, for which I’d end up caged myself. Quite right, they were, as it turned out. Though I suppose I might even today blame it all on Daniel. III On the Sunday after Senhora Beatriz was beaten, Father told me a Scottish tale counseling caution. In this story, a witch transformed Papa into a pimply toad and chained him to a standard in her granite tower. To my delight, Porritch – the dog he’d had as a lad – rescued him by sneaking up on the hag, catching her asleep, and clamping his jaws around her neck.

When the sun returned for good half an hour later, I thanked Senhor David, slipped on my boots, and raced home. After receiving high praise from Mother for taking such good care of her cloth, I took the stairs two at a time to my room, where I and the letter could be alone. I paid for my treasures one month later, just as I had promised, with coins earned helping Papa to clean his study and our storeroom. I slept with the book and the letter under my mattress for months. The two objects became as inseparable in my mind as Joaquim and Lúcia themselves.

As no author’s name was printed on the binding and since I was given to flights of fancy, I imagined that a clever fox had written them himself. I shooed away Hercules, the calico cat whom Senhor David kept to chase off rats, plopped down on the sawdust of the floor, and opened the book. Inside, thick yellowing pages bore colorful drawings of dogs, cats, monkeys, elephants, and many other animals – a Noah’s Ark of sorts. I was so excited by my find that I could read only the opening sentences of each story.

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