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People of the Book
 
 
Author
Geraldine Brooks.
Publisher Viking  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780670018215
Pages/Publication Date 372/2008
Daedalus Item Code 23402
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Following her Pulitzer Prize winner March, Geraldine Brooks returns with this intricate, resonant novel that traces the labyrinthine history of a rare and beautiful 15th-century Jewish manuscript. In 1996, Australian rare-book expert Hanna Heath is offered the job of a lifetime: the analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. A caustic loner with a passion for her work, Hanna discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—and begins to unlock the book's mysterious history.

"Intelligent, thoughtful, gracefully written and original. Brooks has built upon her experience as a correspondent in Bosnia for the Wall Street Journal to construct a story around a book—small, rare and very old—and the people into whose hands it had fallen over five centuries.... Suffice it to say that it's a book that resides comfortably in a place we too often imagine to be a no-man's land between popular fiction and literature. Brooks tells a believable and engaging story about sympathetic but imperfect characters—'popular' fiction demands all of that—but she also does the business of literature, exploring serious themes and writing about them in handsome prose. She appears to be finding readers and admirers in growing numbers, and People of the Book no doubt will increase those numbers."—Washington Post

 
 
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