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The Dovekeepers

A Novel

by Alice Hoffman

The Dovekeepers
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    Oct 2011, 512 pages
    Apr 2012, 528 pages

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The story of four women, all dovekeepers in ancient Masada, all with secrets about who they are and where they come from

It is recorded that two women and five children walked out of Masada in 74 C.E., survivors of a final act of defiance, when all hope had been lost. The Dovekeepers, meticulously researched for five years, transports us to this ancient time and is filled with such rich detail, one can almost smell the cumin-dusted challah browning as it bakes. Without a doubt, this is Alice Hoffman's finest work to date, catapulting it far and above her previous endeavors.

While The Dovekeepers provides us with a plethora of intricate descriptions, weaving them deftly throughout and pulling all of our senses into play, it is the superbly crafted cast of characters who provide the heart and soul of this tale. Four women speak with such strong voices that Masada, the fortress built by Herod on the western edge of the Judean desert, sizzles with life.

Roughly divided into four sections, the novel is...

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