The Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hantover braham, a twenty-eight-year old widower, travels from the Venetian Ghetto to the Burmese kingdom of Pegu, to buy jewels for his uncle in the last years of the 16th century. A quiet, withdrawn man, Abraham, far from kin and community, finds the ways of the Peguans and their Buddhist beliefs strange and baffling. He must confront his own taken-for-granted world as he struggles with a series of moral choices which test his very sense of self. Read more

The Jewel Trader of Pegu out in a Harper Perennial paperback on December 30, 2008. Browse Inside the paperback with its P.S. section of insights, interviews and more

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“Dreamy and lyrical, steeped in the customs and atmosphere of a world long lost, The Jewel Trader of Pegu takes the reader on a deep emotional journey through the meanings of what is precious.”
–Liza Dalby, author of The Tale of Murasaki
The Jewel Trader of Pegu is a thinking reader’s
tale with all the trappings of an exotic
historical romance.”
–Debra Dean, author of The Madonnas of Leningrad
Jeffrey Hantover Jeffrey Hantover lived twelve years in Hong Kong, and it was here that the idea for The Jewel Trader of Pegu was born. More about Jeffrey