Over five years in book synopsis writing, The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of imagination and research, set in ancient Israel. In 70 CE, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean, desert, Masada. Only two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic 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, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. 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 secrets — about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and who they love. Beautiful, harrowing, a major contribution to twenty-first century literature.
Alice Hoffman illuminates, from the language she uses to bring these women to life. This novel is a testament to the human spirit and to love rising from the ashes of war. But most of all, this novel is one that will never be forgotten by a reader. In her remarkable new novel, Alice Hoffman holds a mirror to our ancient past as she explores the contemporary themes of sexual desire, women’s solidarity in the face of strife, and the magic that’s quietly present in our day-to-day living. Put The Dovekeepers at the pinnacle of Hoffman’s extraordinary body of work. This is both a feminist manifesto and a deeply felt tribute to courageous men and women of faith, told with the cadence and imagery of a biblical passage.
An enthralling tale rendered with consummate literary skill. The women, each with her own secrets and talents, powerful lovers and magical spells, soon develop a loyalty so fierce that they are willing to sacrifice everything for each other and the children they are entrusted with. Hoffman can tell a story and knows about creating compassionate characters. THE DOVEKEEPERS pack a timeless emotional punch. Gillian recognizes Merle as an old college enemy of hers and torments her with encircling trumpet players.
Shep then is compelled the next morning, after staying up all night talking and canoodling Gillian out on the town, to visit Merle at her apartment to break up suddenly with her on the day of the marriage. She is left confused and astonished, with him saying that he doesn’t love her anymore. Gillian discovers Shep’s interest in meeting him and publishing his next book. Gillian eventually realises that with Shep’s total obsession for her and proposal of marriage, she must make a choice, as witches who fall in love lose their supernatural powers.