The Dovekeepers: A Novel

By Alice Hoffman
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"The Dovekeepers" by Alice Hoffman is a poignant and gripping historical fiction novel set in ancient Israel. It recounts the harrowing stories of four extraordinary women whose lives intertwine during the tumultuous times of the Jewish rebellion against the Roman Empire.

Yael, a young woman with a tragic past, joins a group of outcasts known as the dovesitters at the mountain fortress of Masada. She finds solace in caring for the doves that provide sustenance and hope to the community.

Revka, a former baker’s wife, struggles to cope with the loss of her family as Masada becomes a refuge for those seeking shelter. Motivated by her unwavering love for her sons, she risks everything to protect them.

Aziza, a fearless and skilled warrior, disguises herself as a boy and defies societal expectations to fight for the survival of her people. She becomes a valiant soldier, determined to bring justice to those who have caused immense suffering.

Shirah, a mystical healer and the daughter of a revered midwife, offers guidance and support to those in need. She possesses ancient secrets and wisdom passed down through generations, which she uses to offer comfort in the face of adversity.

As the siege on Masada intensifies, these women find themselves bound by loyalty and the will to survive. Their stories are woven together by love, tragedy, and the indomitable spirit of hope.

"The Dovekeepers" is a mesmerizing tale that explores themes of resilience, love, and the enduring strength of women in the face of unimaginable challenges. Hoffman's exquisite prose and masterful storytelling make this novel an unforgettable journey into the lives of the extraordinary women of Masada.
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