A missing medieval Jewish text turns up suddenly in Bosnia, and Hannah Heath, historian and restoration expert, is asked to examine and repair the book. There are so many questions, and small clues from inside the Haggadah itself provide a launching point to solve the mystery of its existence.
In People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks deftly presents the story of the book itself, with the background story of the history of Jewish people (aka The People of the Book). It’s fascinating, exciting and takes the reader into a world where survival depends upon faith, ingenuity and compassion.
I have to say I have never been disappointed with Geraldine Brooks. Her novels always exceed my expectations, and People of the Book is no exception. It’s a page turner that enables the reader to learn something along the way.
4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2008