The Dovekeepers (Paperback)
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Published: 30/08/2012
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‘A major contribution to twenty-first-century literature’ Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate and author of Beloved
 
In the year 70 CE, nine hundred Jews held out for months against the Roman army in ancient Israel. Only two women and five children survived.
 
Based on this tragic event, Alice Hoffman weaves a spellbinding story about the lives of four bold and remarkable women during desperate days of the siege of Masada, when supplies are dwindling and the Romans are drawing near.
 
Yael is the assassin’s daughter, Revka’s life has been torn apart by the Romans, Aziza has been raised as a warrior and Shirah is wise in the ways of ancient magic. All are dovekeepers, and all are keepers of secrets – about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s masterpiece.

Praise for The Dovekeepers

‘Hoffman is a writer of great perception and she captures with precision the complexity of the relationships between the women, their fear and guilt, their courage, their hunger for consolation and companionship’ Guardian
 
‘Fascinating . . . Hoffman’s grasp of her subject compels respect’ Helen Dunmore, The Times
 
 ‘A book as monumental as its subject, magical, moving, quite beautifully written and probably Hoffman’s best. A genuine masterpiece’ Daily Mail
 
‘I would share the incredible creative power and intense imagination of Alice Hoffman, whose novel The Dovekeepersshows just how far and deep historical fiction can go’ Observer, ‘What Will Be Under Your Tree This Christmas’
 

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9780857205445
Number of pages: 512
Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘What is it that makes American authors excel at depicting marriage? Alice Hoffman’s The Marriage of Opposites is one of the best novels on the subject . . . not least because the opposites of its title embrace not just gender but race, class and religion . . . Hoffman’s sensuous prose is ideally suited to describing the landscape . . . As intoxicating as the finest island rum’  - Independent on The Marriage of Opposites

‘Hoffman is a master of evocatively described places . . . This captivating novel transports the reader to a sensual world of lush tropical landscapes, colonial opulence and conflicted passions’  - The Lady on The Marriage of Opposites

‘Alice Hoffman’s fictionalised biography of Rachel Pizzarro’s life is an evocative, sensitive and historically rich portrayal of a woman living ahead of her time’ - The Observer on The Marriage of Opposites

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Teresa Majury

“Another World”

Alice Hoffman is one of my favourite authors and I love her juxtaposition of the mundane and magic in contemporary settings. The Dovekeepers is far removed from our humdrum, daily lives as it is set in ancient Israel... More

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“The Dovekeepers”

I found this a very frustrating book, I got the impression of being directed at the female readership.
The author's personallity overpowering the subject matter.
I've been to Masada, love the place, but this... More

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