People of the Book- Geraldine Brooks new softcover book
PEOPLE OF THE BOOK
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New softcover book, 390 pages. Published 2008
People of the Book crosses
continents and centuries to bring stories of hope amidst darkness, compassion
amidst cruelty, all bound together by the discoveries made by a young Australian
woman restoring an ancient Hebrew book.
When Hanna Heath gets a call in the
middle of the night in her Sydney home about a precious medieval manuscript that
has been recovered from the smouldering ruins of war-torn Sarajevo, she knows
she is on the brink of the experience of a lifetime. A renowned book
conservator, she must now make her way to Bosnia to start work on restoring the Sarajevo
Haggadah - a Jewish prayer book - to discover its secrets and piece together
the story of its miraculous survival. But the trip will also set in motion a
series of events that threaten to rock Hanna's orderly life, including her
encounter with Ozren Karamen, the young librarian who risked his life to save
As meticulously researched as all of
Brooks' previous work, People
of the Book is a gripping and moving novel about war, art, love and
About the Author
Brooks is an author and journalist
who grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, and attended Bethlehem College
Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The
Sydney Morning Herald for three years as a feature writer with a special
interest in environmental issues.
In 1982 she won the Greg Shackleton
Australian News Correspondents scholarship to the journalism master's program
at Columbia University in New York City. Later she worked for The Wall
Street Journal, where she covered crises in the the Middle East, Africa,
and the Balkans.
She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in
fiction in 2006 for her novel March, and her novel Year of Wonders
is an international bestseller. She is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine
Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence.
Brooks married author Tony Horwitz in
Tourette-sur-loup, France, in 1984. They have one child and three dogs, and
divide their time between homes in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
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