“The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman coming Oct. 2011

Alice Hoffman has written an extraordinary novel of the ancient world. Driven out of Jerusalem by the Romans, band of Jewish refugees set out to start over in a place that they can feel safe and practice their religion in peace. Yael is red-haired and freckled, shunned by her assassin father for causing her mother to die in childbirth, she has the heart of a lion. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy in warrior’s ways, until her father is finally blessed by a true son. She never forgets her life as a warrior. Shirah has lived as a mystic and wise woman, forever treading the thin line between magic and witchcraft.
They are all brought together in the end to Masada, King Herod’s seemingly impenetrable fortress kingdom, where they work as dovekeepers, fall in love, and fight to defend themselves and their community.
A beautifully crafted novel unlike any of the author’s previous works.

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