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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 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. The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s masterpiece.

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The Dovekeepers
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August 22nd, 2014
Absolutely wonderful .could not put it down. Took me to the place where it happened, will scratch out more of her writings W
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January 30th, 2014
One of the best books I have ever read. Beautifully written.
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January 23rd, 2014
An amazing account of the struggle of the people who fled Jerusalem and struggled to survive in Masada. A bit over-written but it gives an extraordinary story of those horrific years. Hoffman's research is awesome!
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Great story line
June 5th, 2013
Wonderfully written tale of the last refuge of the Jews as they sought refuge from the Roman army. As dictated from various females you are gradually introduced to the characters of the book and the intertwining of their story lines. This gives you an appreciation for their sacrifices, their loves and their incredible strength as they dealt with faith and the realities of war.
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Excellent Read
February 6th, 2013
This book provides an excellent perspective of the time and events that took place. The characters are well-developed and the storyline was captivating. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
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