This blog describes the titles in the Book Club Set Collection currently housed at South Jordan Library. Title entries include a brief summary of each book along with links to the library catalog and reading group guides. Books may be checked out singly or as a set by any Salt Lake County Library Cardholder. Updated May 2017.
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
70 C.E., 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. Four extraordinarily bold and resourceful
women have each 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, brings her young grandsons to Masada following the brutal murder of
her daughter. Aziza is a warrior's daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider
and an expert marksman. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of
ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. All are
dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets - about who they are, where they
come from, and whom they love.