Monday, October 3, 2011

Tomorrow, October 4th, Alice Hoffman’s new book, The Dovekeepers, will be released in stores! I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am! First off, let me start by saying that I wait patiently all year for some authors to come out with their new books, Alice Hoffman being one of them. I am at the closest bookstore on the day it comes out on my lunch break or just as soon as I can possibly get there. It will be the highlight of my day! Don’t make fun because I am totally serious!

Here is a synopsis that I borrowed from Barnes and Noble’s /Alice Hoffman’s website:

"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 woman 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."

Does that not sound amazing? I love Alice Hoffman because her stories are well written and take you off to another place, another world. Not like a Narnia type of world, but you bookish people know what I mean, right? She has a way of capturing you and sucking you into the story. That is the best type of book. One you can get lost in and come out wishing it wasn't over yet. It is the best kind of feeling. I also especially love when authors take several characters and use them as narrators throughout the story. You get different perspectives and grow fond of each character individually because, even if only for a limited time, you get to see what they think and how they feel about whatever it is that is happening in the book. This sounds like that type of book and I am super excited! It may just be my first book review on my blog! Seeing as all other books will be put aside until this one is finished! Anyway, if this little synopsis grabs your attention, then head to your closest bookstore tomorrow and pick it up! As long as we continue to support the authors, bookstores will stay in business, which means our dearly beloved authors stay in business, which just means that all is right in the world and things are as they should be. Well, I will bid you farewell and leave you once again with a quote.

Happy reading!

"Do people choose the art that inspires them - do they think it over; decide they might prefer the fabulous to the real? For me, it was those early readings of fairy tales that made me who I was as a reader and, later, as a storyteller."
~Alice Hoffman

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