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The lives of four sensuous, bold and remarkable women intersect in the year 70AD, in the desperate days of the siege of Masada, when supplies are dwindling and the Romans are drawing near. All are dovekeepers, and all are keepers of secrets - about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love. There is Yael, the assassin's daughter whose heartbreak leads to her true path in the ruins of the desert; Revka, the baker's wife who loses her dearest treasure on earth and yet finds the strength to protect her family; Aziza, the warrior's beloved who leads a secret life not even those closest to her could imagine; and Marit, beautiful witch of Moab, a woman as loyal as she is dangerous.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 36mm | 358.34g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0857205447
  • 9780857205445
  • 12,099

Review quote

'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 Oppositesshow more

About Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the author of thirty works of fiction, including Practical Magic, The Red Garden, The Dovekeepers and, most recently,The Museum of Extraordinary Things. She lives in Boston. Visit her website: www.alicehoffman.comshow more

Review Text

'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 Oppositesshow more

Customer reviews

A great read! This is an amazing story of strength, courage and the ability to move forward through life no matter the odds. The beginning of the book left me in two minds as to my feeling about this title, but once I had reached "Revka's Story" I was totally captivated. A heart wrenching story about the brutality of war, the loyalty of the early believers to their leaders and faith, and the incredible strength of four different women to go their own way in a time when that was unacceptable. The selflessness of these women was inspiring, and did leave me shedding a tear or two. Set in the time of ancient Israel, we definitely get a good feel for the time and struggle these people had to deal with.show more
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