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Guesthouse for Ganesha

A Novel
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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In 1923, 17-year-old Esther Grünspan arrives in Köln "with a hardened heart as her sole luggage.” Thus begins a 22-year journey, woven against the backdrops of the European Holocaust and the Hindu Kali Yuga (the “Age of Darkness” when human civilization degenerates spiritually), in search of a place of sanctuary. Throughout her travails, using cunning and shrewdness, Esther relies on her masterful tailoring skills to help mask her Jewish heritage, navigate war-torn Europe, and emigrate to India.  

Esther’s traveling companion and the novel’s narrator is Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu God worshipped by millions for his abilities to destroy obstacles, bestow wishes, and avenge evils. Impressed by Esther’s fortitude and relentless determination, born of her deep - though unconscious - understanding of the meaning and purpose of love, Ganesha, with compassion, insight, and poetry, chooses to highlight her story because he recognizes it is all of our stories - for truth resides at the essence of its telling. 

Weaving Eastern beliefs and perspectives with Western realities and pragmatism, Guesthouse for Ganesha is a tale of love, loss, and spirit reclaimed. 

Cover photo by Michael Kellner at kellnerbookdesign.com.

©2019 Judith Teitelman (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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This is a good one.

This is an excellent story. I’m familiar with Ganesha and the poem Guesthouse by Rumi so that’s what attracted me. The story takes place during WW II and how Ester survives. I enjoyed listening to the book very much.

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Excellent first novel.

An interesting look at modern conversos during a time when denial of one's Judaism was not at all protective. Hitler made the Inquisition look better than it had any right to be. The magical realism is an added feature that makes this more compelling.

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Amazing Story. Narrators were great

This first book by Judith Teitelman is so rich in its story, its sense of history and the spiritual life. The narrators brought the story and characters to life. I was immersed and touched through Esther’s journey.

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A beautiful and powerful story!

The author weaves an incredible tale, rich with descriptive imagery that really draws you in. The actors are so skilled at capturing all the complexity of the characters. I was fully immersed in this wonderful book and can’t recommend it more highly.