Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What We're Reading: The Dovekeepers

This month, the staff book club will be reading Alice Hoffman’s first foray into historical fiction, The Dovekeepers. Set in the time leading up to the siege on Mount Masada, Hoffman’s book is a fascinating look at ancient Israel, told through the eyes of four vividly drawn women whose lives and fates become intertwined. According to the only written report at the time, the Romans forcefully attacked the 900 Jewish men, women, and children who were living in the fortress on Masada. Rather than face capture and enslavement, the Jews committed mass suicide. Only two women and five children survived. At close to 500 pages, the book is more than just a historical account or a war story, it breathes life into all characters, whether major or minor. The Dovekeepers is emotional, suspenseful, and full of rich details about everything from witchcraft, superstition, and ancient sects of Jews, to the intricacies of familial and romantic love. Read along with us, or let us know what you think we should read next.

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