Noah Gordon
by Noah Gordon
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As his father’s second-born son, Josep Alvarez will not inherit his family’s land in the tiny grape-growing village of Santa Eulália. In love but unable to support a wife, he is caught up in the meatgrinder of the Carlist War. How he survives a bloody political intrigue and evolves into a maker of fine wines becomes a story that Noah Gordon has described as his love letter to Spain.


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The Last Jew

When all unconverted Jews are expelled from Spain during the Inquisition, 15-year-old Yonah Toledano is left behind.  He begins a meandering journey, part desperate flight, part voyage of discovery.  The story of his growth into manhood--as a physician with the outer persona of an Old Christian and a soul that clings to his Jewish roots--has made The Last Jew one of the best-selling books in the world.

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Cole Trilogy

Noah Gordon's acclaimed trilogy spans1,000 years in the lives of an uncommon family.

The Physician: In the 11th century, a young Englishman travels far to study medicine.

Shaman: In the 19th century, a Cole physician migrates to doctor in the New World.

Matters of Choice: In the 20th century, Dr. Roberta Cole struggles for women's rights.

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Matters of Choice

Opposing influences complicate
the life of  Dr. Roberta Cole—
the demands of marriage versus
professional responsibility;
scientific advances versus social
consciousness; urban worldliness
versus a love of rural values; and
the struggle to preserve life versus a belief in a woman's right to choose. This modern novel is the final book in the Cole trilogy.

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Dr. Robert Judson Cole travels from his ravaged Scotland homeland, through the operating rooms of Boston, to the cabins of frontier Illinois and the war-torn fields of Gettysburg. This second book of the Cole trilogy, a New York Times "Notable Book," was declared "Best Historical Novel of 1991/1992" by the Society of American Historians, which awarded Noah Gordon the first James Fenimore Cooper Prize.

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The Physician

This prize-winning first book of the Cole trilogy follows Robert Jeremy Cole from his 11th century boyhood in England, through Europe to an Arab medical school in Ispahan, Persia, where he studies under the immortal physician Avicenna.  In 1999, the Spanish booksellers who attended the Madrid Book Fair voted The Physician one of the ten most beloved books of all time.

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The Jerusalem Diamond

This is the story of Harry Hopeman, a diamond man from a diamond family; of his love for a remarkable Yemenite woman; and of his painstaking search for a valuable ancient diamond whose history is interwoven with the past of the Jewish people.  A chronicle of ancient Judaism and modern Israel, The Jerusalem Diamond is at once an exciting adventure, a passionate love story, and an absorbing voyage through history.

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The Death Committee

The hospital Mortality Conference, known as "the Death Committee," meets to review case histories of patients who have died, to determine if a death could have been prevented, and to try to insure that any mistake will not be repeated.  This New York Times bestseller is the story of three brilliant and exuberant young men who are brought together by their ambition and their passionate dedication to the practice of medicine.

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The Rabbi

The Rabbi, Noah Gordon's first novel, is the story of Michael Kind, a young rabbi who falls in love with the daughter of a Protestant minister. The Rabbi was on the The New York Times bestseller list for 26 weeks. Of its author, The Saturday Review said, "Few writers since Sinclair Lewis have sprawled with such magnificent ease over so large a part of the contemporary scene.[An] epic of Judaism in America."

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The Worcester Telegram