The Dovekeepers, By: Alice Hoffman


The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of research and imagination.

Nearly two thousand years ago, 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 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 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 dove keepers, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

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  • Rebecca G.

    Jennifer, Robin and Jayme! I'm so glad you're planning on coming...feel free to come tonight, but I would be so happy to arrange another meeting for Dovekeepers if you would like. An additional opportunity and/or we can discuss both books at the Chaperone meeting.

    July 24, 2013

    • Robin

      I'll plan on seeing you all next time then - have a good eve!

      July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds like this off so I am not attending after all

      July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am still able to come but need to know NLT 5 if we are canceling

    July 24, 2013

  • Robin

    Hi I am still able to come tonight first time in awhile! But ok to wait till next month - maybe we can talk about BOTH books?

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was still planning on joining you this evening, but I'm ok with reconvening at The Chaperone meeting if that works better for everyone.

    July 24, 2013

  • Rebecca G.

    Hi everyone! I know it's the summer and we're all busy right now (I have last minute out-of-town guests!), but can those who are planning to meet tonight confirm your RSVP status? Statistically, our numbers don't bode well for this meeting. Perhaps we should reconvene at the Chaperone meeting. Thoughts? Thank you! Rebecca

    1 · July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn it! Next time...

    July 22, 2013

  • Christine W.

    Darn, I have a conflict. I was really looking forward to talking about this book.

    July 21, 2013

  • julie

    So where is the group meeting next week???????

    July 17, 2013

  • Christine W.

    Just finished this book and am looking forward to talking about it!

    May 11, 2013

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