People of the Book

by Geraldine Brooks

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by an acclaimed and belovedauthor.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 372 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.0 out of 5
  • Published December 30th 2008 by Penguin Books
  • Original Title: People of the Book
  • ISBN: 0143115006 (ISBN13: 9780143115007)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Hanna Heath
  • Ozren Karaman
  • Serif Kamal
  • Stela Kamal
  • Amitai Yomtov...more
  • Werner Heinrich
  • Razmus Kanaha
  • Dr. Franz Hirschfeldt
  • Florien Mittl
  • Giovanni Domenico Vistorini
  • Judah Aryeh
  • Sarah Heath
  • David Ben Shoushan
  • Ruth Ben Shoushan
  • Joseph Ben Shoushan
  • Reuben Ben Shoushan
  • Rosa del Salvador
  • Zahra bint Ibrahim al-Tarek
  • Aaron Sharansky...less
  • Literary Awards: The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Nominee (2010)
  • National Jewish Book Award Nominee (2008)
  • Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction (2009)
  • Prime Minister's Literary Awards Nominee for Fiction (2009)
  • Barbara Jefferis Award Nominee (2009) ...more Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) for Literary Fiction (2008)...less

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by an acclaimed and beloved author. This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century Spain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding–an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair–only begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunges Hanna into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics.