From the Publisher
Over five years in the writing,
The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman's most ambitious and
mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of imagination and research, set
in ancient Israel.
In 70 C.E., nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies
of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to
the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children
survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman's novel is
a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and
sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different
path. Yael's mother died in childbirth, and her father, an expert
assassin, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village
baker's wife, watched the horrifically brutal murder of her
daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young
grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a
warrior's daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and an expert
marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in
Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a
woman with uncanny insight and power.
The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women
intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers,
and all are also keeping secrets-about who they are, where they
come from, who fathered them, and whom they love. The
Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman's masterpiece.
About the Author
Alice Hoffman, an American novelist and screenwriter, was born in New York City on March 16, 1952. She earned a B.A. from Adelphi University in 1973 and an M.A. in creative writing from Stanford University in 1975 before publishing her first novel, Property Of, in 1977. She is the author of more than fifteen novels, two books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. Known for blending realism and fantasy in her fiction, Hoffman often creates richly detailed characters who live on society's margins and places them in extraordinary situations as she did with At Risk, her 1988 novel about the AIDS crisis. Some of her other works include The Drowning Season, Seventh Heaven, The River King, Blue Diary, The Probable Future, and The Ice Queen. Her book, The Third Angel, won the 2008 New England Booksellers' Award for fiction. Two of her novels, Practical Magic and Aquamarine, were made into films. She has also written numerous screenplays, including adaptations of her own novels and the original screenplay Independence Day. Her latest novel is entitled, The Red Garden.
About the Book
Alice Hoffman's richest, most ambitious novel ever, a tour de force of imagination and research, set in ancient Israel.