Imagine awakening to a new reality of who you are, revealing a hidden past that has shaped your family’s history for centuries. Actual fact, not fiction, this experience has been shared by thousands of descendants of Sephardic Jews who fled Spain and Portugal in the 15th and 16th centuries, seeking safe haven from the dreaded Spanish Inquisition. Many had already converted to Catholicism, but learned that conversion was not enough to save their lives. They established new communities throughout the world, living as Catholics or Protestants on the outside but guarding a precious Jewish heritage, reduced over time to mere ritual and custom. Meet a modern day member of New Mexico’s northern Hispanic settlements who finds a new truth about herself and her family in the unexpected tumult of her life. The disappearance of her two children leads her on an inner journey and an outer one, into the past and towards a future where she can finally choose how she wants to live and who she wants to be.
About the Author:
Corinne Joy Brown
Denverite Corinne Joy Brown is a multi-published author, professional writer and editor. In addition to a passion for Western history and culture, she’s devoted her first two novels to the question of identity: MacGregor’s Lantern, a story about Scots in the frontier West, and Sanctuary Ranch, a saga of love and transformation. The history of crypto, or hidden Jews in the American Southwest, descendants of those who fled the Spanish Inquisition more than 500 years ago, became the ultimate stage for questions about selfhood and belief, faith and identity. Hidden Star explores the answers. The current publisher/editor of HaLapid (the journal of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies), Corinne is also a past president of the Denver Woman’s Press Club, a Fellow of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and was a presenter at the inauguration of the International Anusim Center for Return in El Paso, Texas in 2014, serving Christian returnees interested in reclaiming their Jewish past. Corinne is a frequent contributor to local publications and a partner in a contemporary home furnishings and design firm, Roche Bobois International Design.