Writing the Book of Ester (novel)
Celia Davis, an American-born English teacher in the Loire valley of France, is intrigued by one of her students, a mysterious foreigner named Mehdi. He and his sister Zahra are the children of a Muslim father, killed in the Iraqi bombing of Tehran, and a Jewish mother nicknamed « Ester, » in reference to the Biblical Esther, the Jewish wife of a Persian king.
How do humans live with repression and the fear of difference ? Is there room for tolerance and compassion ? This saga is a tale for our times, finding mythical depth in the Biblical story of Queen Esther.