Gateway to the Moon

12 CDs. Recorded Bks. Apr. 2018. 13:30 hrs. ISBN 9781501972201. $92.75. digital download. F
In the Christian community of Entrada de la Luna, NM, which has existed for 400 years, the farmers do not raise pigs, the grocery store does not carry pork products or shellfish, and the women light candles every Friday night. The narrative goes back and forth between modern-day Entrada de la Luna and 15th-century Spain during the Inquisition, when Spanish Jews were tortured and forced to convert to Christianity, though some managed to escape to the New World. Luis Moreno's nuanced performance does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life.
VERDICT Recommended for patrons who enjoy historical fiction and coming-of-age stories. ["The tales of the auto-da-fé and other graphic descriptions of torture from the Inquisition are gut-wrenching. However, it is the story of the Torres family and its successful maintenance of ancient traditions and, most importantly, Miguel's coming of age that will have readers cheering": LJ 12/17 review of the Nan A. Talese: Doubleday hc.]

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