Waiting on Wednesday: The Dovekeepers

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Visit Breaking The Spine to see more entries!

This week, I am eagerly waiting on:

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Historical Fiction, Adult
Publication Date: 11.04.2011
Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel.

The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet—one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

In 70 CE, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean desert, Masada. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic historical event, Hoffman weaves a spellbinding tale of four extraordinary, 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 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 twin grandsons, rendered mute by their own witness. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman, who finds passion with another soldier. Shirah 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, as the Romans draw near. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

This novel is Alice Hoffman’s masterpiece.

I've said before, that Historical Fiction is my favorite genre. I haven't been reading much of it lately but even with the threat of Dystopia, it's still holding strong at number 1. I'm seriously excited to read this book. It sounds so interesting, and it's about a time period and culture I haven't read about yet. I hope it's good!

Oh, and that cover? Utterly fantastic.

What are you waiting on?


  1. 100% agree with you on this one!! So excited for Alice Hoffman's new book. She is a fantastic writer and this looks like quite a story to tackle!

  2. I love Alice Hoffman, love her. Can't wait.

  3. That cover is fabulous! Love Alice Hoffman, I'm looking forward to this one too.

  4. This one sounds great! I love the cover..

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  5. Oh how cool. I use to love AH. I look forward to your thoughts on this one.

  6. I absolutely LOVE your blog! Its beautiful, and so is this book. I dont like historical fiction much so I probably wont get it; Nonetheless, I am a new follower!

    My WoW pick for this week is:


  7. Alice Hoffman is my favorite. I absolutely adore her. Thanks for highlighting this! I had no idea she had a new one coming out!


  8. Hey Penelope :) Awesome choice. I can't get enough historical fiction in my life. This truly sounds like one heck of a read.

    You can check out my WoW HERE
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  9. Good pick, love historical fiction.


  10. Me too! I love, love, love her books...great pick!

  11. I hadn't heard of this one yet so thanks for bringing it to my attention. I'm a big historical fiction girl myself. I am a little behind on that genre this year. Alice is hot or miss for me sometimes but I will have to add this one to my TBR pile.

  12. That should say hit or miss. Not hot or miss. LOL

  13. This sounds like one epic book! And I totally agree with you, that cover is just beautiful :)

    You can see my WoW post for this week at the link below-- would love if you stopped by! Happy reading :)

    Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland


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