People of the Book

People of the Book


By (author) Geraldine Brooks

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 372 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 191mm x 23mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 30 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143115006
  • ISBN 13: 9780143115007
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 47,594

Product description

The bestselling novel thatfollows a rare manuscript through centuries of exile and war, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "March"and of "The Secret Chord," coming from Viking in October 2015 Inspired by a true story, "People of the Book" is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by an acclaimed and beloved author. Called "a tour de force"by the "San Francisco Chronicle," this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century S pain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding-an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair-only begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunges Hanna into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics."

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Author information

Geraldine Brooks is the author of four novels, the Pulitzer Prize-winning "March" and the international bestsellers "Caleb's Crossing," "People of the Book," and "Year of Wonders." She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works "Nine Parts of Desire" and "Foreign Correspondence." Her most recent novel, "Caleb's Crossing," was the winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction and the "Christianity Today" Book Award, and was a finalist for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha's Vineyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz.

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"Less flash and more substance than "The Da Vinci Code" . . . The stories of the Sarajevo Haggadah, both factual and fictional, are stirring testaments to the people of many faiths who risked all to save this priceless work." - "USA Today" "As full of heart and curiosity as it is intelligence and judgment." -"The Boston Globe" "Intelligent, thoughtful, gracefully written and original." -Jonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post" "Erudite but suspenseful . . . one of the most popular and successful works of fiction in the New Year." -Alan Cheuse, NPR / "All Things Considered"