Book Club: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

  • August 07, 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Turtle Bread

Wednesday, August 7 - 6-7:30pm at Turtle Bread


Book:The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman


"The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of research and imagination.
Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily 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, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in Alexandria, 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. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secretsundefinedabout who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love."



The Shir Tikvah Book Club is free and open to anyone over the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah. We read a variety of works by Jewish authors or works with significant Jewish themes. Contact coordinator Talia with questions or suggestions.

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