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People of the Book

by Geraldine Brooks

People of the Book
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2008, 384 pages
    Paperback:
    Jan 2009, 672 pages

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Lisa A. Goldstein

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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of March, the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and war

The latest novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March is ambitious yet succeeds in captivating its audience. With themes of art, conservation, religious persecution, and history that span over 500 years, this book could be intimidating to some. But any fears are immediately set to rest with the introduction of the first-person narrator, Hanna Heath, whose casual delivery and humor make for easy reading. Here's Hanna as she prepares to be the first person to touch the manuscript in a century:

"As many times as I've worked on rare, beautiful things, that first touch is always a strange and powerful sensation. It's a combination between brushing a live wire and ...

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In her books, Geraldine Brooks likes assuming the personas of different genders and times. Her 2001 novel, Year of Wonders, is set in 17th century England. March, is told from a man's perspective during the Civil War. She is innately familiar with some of the locales she writes about. Not only is she a native Australian, but she used to cover crises in Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East for The Wall Street Journal. She is married to Tony Horwitz, author of a number of non fiction works including ...

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