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The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of research and imagination.

Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power.

The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

Synopsis:

The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel: “striking….Hoffman grounds her expansive, intricately woven, and deepest new novel in biblical history, with a devotion and seriousness of purpose” (Entertainment Weekly).

Nearly 2,000 years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path.

     The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love. The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s masterpiece.

Synopsis:

The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of research and imagination.

Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power.

The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

About the Author

Alice Hoffman has published a total of twenty-eight works of fiction. Her novel, Here on Earth, was an Oprah Book Club choice. Practical Magic was made into a Warner film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Hoffman’s work has been published in more than twenty translations and more than one hundred foreign editions. Hoffman is currently a visiting research scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.

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The Loopy Librarian, October 13, 2014 (view all comments by The Loopy Librarian)
Sometimes the most difficult reads are the most rewarding. The Dovekeepers took me a long time to read. I put it down at several points and had to come back to it. The writing was lyrical and dense with information. The book was obviously well-researched and is based on historical events. The voices of the characters rang with authenticity and their strength was earned through many trials. I could feel the desperation, the unquenchable thirst (both literal and figurative). The emotions were sensual, primal, and often brutal. The sheer courage of these women, their ultimate humanity and resolve reward the reader. Also, the events depicted here are not well-known, but deserve to be told. Hoffman tells this story with beauty, mysticism and an unrelenting commitment to the truth. I was profoundly moved. This is story that will remain with me for a long time.
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trom, January 27, 2013 (view all comments by trom)
Wow - I very much enjoyed Hoffman's powerful, magical, female characters. She is a master (mistress?) storyteller who just gets better and better.
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Mary Ann Darby, January 27, 2013 (view all comments by Mary Ann Darby)
Alice Hoffman writes lyrically, and this movingstory reminded me in a way of another favorite, The Red Tent. The story of strong women struggling to survive at Masada is amazing. This is a story to read, ponder, and re-read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451617481
Author:
Hoffman, Alice
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel: “striking….Hoffman grounds her expansive, intricately woven, and deepest new novel in biblical history, with a devotion and seriousness of purpose” (Entertainment Weekly).

Nearly 2,000 years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path.

     The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love. The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s masterpiece.

"Synopsis" by , The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of research and imagination.

Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power.

The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

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