The Dove Keepers

The Dove Keepers
Alice Hoffman
Reviewed by Claire Stewart
Simon and Schuster
Thu, 13/10/2011
9780857205421
£16.99

Rumoured to be Alice Hoffman’s tour de force, The Dove Keepers packs an emotional punch and is a powerful portrayal of uncommon women enduring and surviving brutality and war.

The Dovekeepers speaks through the vivid narratives of four spirited women caught up in the tragedy of the Jewish-Roman Wars in ancient Israel. Under violent siege from the Romans, their stories intersect and their determination not to lose themselves or forsake love and hope weaves together an alternative account of history that is both potent and engaging.

This is a rare thing, an important historical counterpoint and an involving book to lose yourself in. Without a doubt The Dove Keepers will be a word-of-mouth sensation this autumn.
 

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