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People of the Book

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People of the Book

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Geraldine Brooks
publisher:
Viking
genre:
History, Fiction

We gave it a B

Hanna Heath is a brainy rare-books expert summoned to Sarajevo to study a 500-year-old Hebrew manuscript that turned up after the ’90s Bosnian war in People of the Book. Geraldine Brooks recounts Hanna’s scholarly attempts to trace the volume’s history, and in alternating chapters, dramatizes that history, following it backward in time from WWII-era Yugoslavia to 17th-century Venice to the Spanish Inquisition. The peripatetic tome embodies the long interrelationship — sometimes fruitful, often fraught — between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. But too often, you sense Brooks behind the scenes, pulling strings. B