From the Publisher
is Alice Hoffman's most
ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of research and
Nearly two thousand years ago, 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 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 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.
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. Known for blending realism and fantasy in her fiction, she 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. Her other works include The Drowning Season, Seventh Heaven, The River King, Blue Diary, The Probable Future, The Ice Queen, and The Dovekeepers. 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.
About the Book
"Dovekeepers" is Hoffman's most ambitious and mesmerizing novel about four bold, resourceful women who survive on a mountain in the Judean desert 2,000 years ago against Roman armies.