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The Dovekeepers - A Novel

Alice Hoffman

Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman's most ambitious and mesmerizing work 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 C.D., 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 comes 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.

Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman's most ambitious and mesmerizing work 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 C.D., 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 comes 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.
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Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman's most ambitious and mesmerizing work 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 C.D., 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 comes 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Aya Cash, Tovah Feldshuh, Heather Lind, Jessica Hecht

Length:

19h 1m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:39


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

26:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

21:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

23:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

20:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

24:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

25:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

28:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

27:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

28:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

27:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

29:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

29:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

22:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

19:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

25:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

14:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

29:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

21:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

18:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

21:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

28:36


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

21:30


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

28:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

26:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

22:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

18:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

28:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

22:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

12:56


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

23:25


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:13


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

25:49


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

28:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

14:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

26:59


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

29:06


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

12:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

21:22


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

28:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

24:54


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

00:51