Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (17) The Dovekeepers

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks "waiting in queue line with sleeping bags" selection is:

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman 

Published by: Simon & Schuster

About the Book

Over five years in the writing,  
The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman's most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of imagination and research, set in ancient Israel. 
In 70 C.E., 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 horrifically brutal 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 an 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. The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman's masterpiece.

About the Author

Alice Hoffman was born in New York City in 1952 and grew up on Long Island. Hoffman's first novel, Property Of, was written at the age of twenty-one. She has published a total of twenty-eight works of fiction. Her novel, Here on Earth, 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. She lives in Boston.


RJ @ RJ Does Books said...

Great Pick! :D It sounds absolutely Riveting.

Cary Cheyenne. said...

Great choice! This book seems incredibly interesting :) I'm now following your blog!

Here's my WoW:

Brittany @ Nice Girls Read Books said...

Amazing. The cover is so eye-capturing and it's obvious a lot of work went into the writing. Great pick!

Check out what I'm waiting for!

Jill said...

Love Alice Hoffman...great pick!

Rebecca said...

What an amazing story. And what a cover! Thanks for stopping by. I'm a new Follower:)

Anna said...

Sounds fantastically intense. Awesome pick. Please check out my W.o.W.!

Bookshelf Reviewer said...

Sounds like a good book. Thanks for visiting my blog and my WoW

Tribute Books Mama said...

Very interesting choice, sounds good.

nomadreader said...

I'm looking forward to this one too, even though I still have her last novel on my shelf waiting to be read.

KristinCanRead said...

Sounds great! New Follower here! My Waiting on Wednesday Post!

Sharon said...

This one sounds great!

My WoW,

Annie @ButteryBooks said...

"The Dovekeepers" sounds amazing and I love Alice Hoffman! I read "Masada" by Ernest K. Gann about 15 years ago and that story has stayed with me thru the years. I am going to preorder this novel right now!

Best Reviews for Alaska Fishing Lodge Website said...

I found this book fascinating and compelling. Very little is actually known about this period in history, but Alice Hoffman has managed to bring it to life in an interesting and creative way. Her writing is beautiful and poetic- I could almost feel the life these people were living in that arid, isolated place.
Now that I am an Alice Hoffman fan, I will definitely read more of her books!

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