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Have a good summer read? See what the book club is reading.

It’s a great time of year to head for the deck, perch on a sea wall, or relax on one of our lovely beaches with a cool beverage and a good book in hand. What’s on your reading list this summer? Looking for some recommendations? Join your neighbors for a good chat over some great reads.

Sally Wainwright shares that the Squantum Book Club is reading The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman for their August 4 meeting. The club meets at the First Church the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm and welcomes new members.

Learn about the Squantum Book Club.

August 4: The Dovekeepers, by Alice Hoffman
Dove keepers book coverThe Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of imagination and research, set in ancient Israel.

In 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. 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 horrifically brutal 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 an 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 secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love. The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s masterpiece.

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