One of my all-time favorite books! Hanna Heath, an Australian rare book restorer, is offered the job of restoring the Sarajevo Haggadah, an ancient Jewish illustrated volume. The year is 1996, and as Hanna begins the tedious process of loosening the binding, she finds several tiny artifacts -- wine stains, a white hair, an insect wing fragment and salt crystals. What's the story of each?
This is where Geraldine Brooks shines. She expertly takes us back in time to each restoration of the Haggadah...where at each a tiny artifact finds its way into the binding of the Haggadah. Based on a true event, Brooks has written an amazing historical novel. My highest recommendation! - Brenda
“Geraldine Brooks uses the Sarajevo Haggadah as the centerpiece for another brilliant historical novel. The history of the beautifully illustrated book is the basis for a journey through multiple eras, portraying the trials and travails of European Jews through the centuries. A must for lovers of books and great fiction.”
— Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI
The bestselling novel thatfollows a rare manuscript through centuries of exile and war, from the author ofThe Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 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 Spain. 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.
About the Author
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.
"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"