JANE ISENBERG. The Bones and the Book. Oconee Spirit Press. Trade paperback, ebook, 247 pages, $14.94, $8.75, oconeespirit.com.
Widowed by the 1965 earthquake, Seattle housewife Rachel Mazursky translates the Yiddish diary of a murdered young immigrant, Aliza Rudinsk, whose bones were unearthed by the same quake. Rachel shares her translation with the reader so Aliza’s distinctive voice alternates with Rachel’s own passionate account of her response to the diary. Aliza’s story moves Rachel, compelling her to read between the lines while searching Seattle for clues to the young woman’s murder.