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The dovekeepers: a novel

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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.
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Full title dovekeepers
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auth_author2 Cash, Aya., Feldshuh, Tovah., Hecht, Jessica, 1965-, Lind, Heather.
author Alice Hoffman
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display_description 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 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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subject_facet Audiobooks, Downloadable audio books, Fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, American, Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction, Large type books, Love stories, Love stories , American, Love stories, American, Man-woman relationships -- Fiction, Masada Site (Israel) -- Siege, 72-73 -- Fiction, Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, American, Women -- Israel -- Fiction
title_display The dovekeepers : a novel
title_full The Dovekeepers, The Dovekeepers A Novel, The dovekeepers : a novel / Alice Hoffman, The dovekeepers [electronic resource] : a novel / Alice Hoffman, The dovekeepers [sound recording] : a novel / Alice Hoffman, The dovekeepers [text (large print)] / Alice Hoffman
title_short The dovekeepers :
title_sub a novel
topic_facet Audiobooks, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical fiction, American, Identity (Psychology), Large type books, Literature, Love stories , American, Love stories, American, Man-woman relationships, Psychological fiction, American, Siege, 72-73, Women