Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Two thousand years ago Jews fled Jerusalem after the Romans conquered it.   A group of nine hundred fended off the Romans for many months in the desert.  Their struggles are told in this well researched novel.  The book is divided into four sections, each covering a woman with a secret past, all working now in the dovecote on the settlement.  Their lives intersect and relationships,  loves, and misdeeds are revealed.  This magical tale is sure to leave you impressed with these women and their independence.  For readers who loved The Red Tent, are fascinated by the Dead Sea Scrolls and ancient Near Eastern history, or can't get enough of other biblical era historical fiction, The Dovekeepers is a must read!