What are you reading now?
Would you recommend it?
And what's next?
The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of imagination and research, set in ancient Israel.At the moment, I'm not that far into it yet, so the book hasn't completely grabbed onto me. On the other hand, that could be a bad sign that it's not going to. Still it's following on a read that I absolutely loved (Peony In Love by Lisa See), so The Dovekeepers has a bit of a tough act to follow. But, I want to read it - a couple of years ago I was able to see an exhibit on the Dead Sea Scrolls, so I want to read a bit more about the period, and I often find that reading a novel first helps.
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.
For now, I'm going to say that yes, I would recommend it - to fans of historical fiction.
As for what's next? Why don't you suggest one for me? Here's my unread books list for this year. Books that are crossed out are in storage and therefore, not going to get read anytime soon - getting them out is more aggravation than I really want to think about any time soon. I'll make a choice from any suggestions I'm given.