Past, Present Meet in New Novel ‘Dina’s Lost Tribe’

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Brigitte Goldstein’s new fiction connects modern woman with medieval counterpart

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Dina’s story is captivating; Goldstein describes the various settings—a mountain village, a forlorn jail cell—with prose that is both aesthetically pleasing and intellectually satisfying.” –Kirkus Reviews

Intertwining the lives of two Jewish women living 700 years apart, author Brigitte Goldstein’s new novel, “Dina's Lost Tribe: A Novel” (published by iUniverse), blends fact and fiction to create a unique historical novel.

Obsessed with finding her mythical birthplace in the Pyrenean Mountains, an American historian stumbles upon an isolated mountaintop utopia arrested in time. What she finds is not only love, but also a mysterious codex written in Hebrew letters. Enlisting the help of two fellow scholars she deciphers the writing, which opens up the passionate world of a medieval Jewess living in the 14th century at the time of the expulsion of the Jews from France.

“The overall theme of the book is the timelessness of the struggle for freedom of the individual caught in the web of oppressive historical forces beyond their control,” Goldstein says.

“Dina’s Lost Tribe” contrasts the lives of modern and medieval characters in a tale of love, betrayal and redemption within a broad spectrum of Jewish history. Goldstein says her book provides a treat for history buffs: though the characters are fictional, the story’s backdrop reflects the author’s meticulous original research. She also drew on the history of the Cathars, a heretical Christian sect persecuted at the same time. The author’s imagination was also fed by a wide variety of historical and biblical texts as well as films like “The Return of Martin Guerre.”

Praise for “Dina’s Lost Tribe”:

“Goldstein—historian, literary translator and editor—shows a talent for making historical events feel relevant and alive. Dina’s story is captivating; Goldstein describes the various settings—a mountain village, a forlorn jail cell—with prose that is both aesthetically pleasing and intellectually satisfying.”
–Kirkus Reviews
“Dina’s Lost Tribe” is a recipient of the iUniverse Rising Star designation.

“Dina's Lost Tribe”
By Brigitte Goldstein
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 412 pages | ISBN 9781450251082
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 412 pages | ISBN 9781450251075
E-Book | 412 pages | ISBN 9781450251099
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Brigitte Goldstein earned a doctorate in European history from New York University. She taught history and worked in publishing before turning to writing full-time. Besides “Dina’s Lost Tribe,” she is the author of three additional historical novels, most recently the award-winning historical mystery “Death of a Diva: From Berlin to Broadway.” She lives in New Brunswick, New Jersey and is at work on her fifth novel.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.
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